Reducing Arhritic Pain Krista Hood

Arthritis is common to the aging adult. Although it is common, the pain that is felt can make daily activities feel difficult or near impossible to achieve. Take a look at how to reduce pain in your joints, below!

Set a Goal

Setting small goals will help give you a sense of personal satisfaction. Try setting a goal of achieving a lower rate on the pain scale. For example, if your pain is at a consistent 5 out of 10 on the pain scale, shoot for a goal of 3 out of 10 while engaging in pain relief remedies!

Action Steps

Following a proper medication regimen approved by your physician is a great start to reducing joint pain. Depending on the situation, your physician could even request physical therapy which could help moving your joints around from becoming stiff. Continuing small stretches on your own will also help your joints from becoming stiff and then more painful (Astin 2002). Heating packs are also helpful in reducing pain, as well is sitting or stopping what you're doing when you experience an unbearable pain.

You Can Do It!

Doing these things could help improve your quality of life. Reduced pain could help you add more independence into different activities as well as encorporate a better attitude into achieving certain things that may have been to painful to attempt in the past. Lower pain could help maintain a happy and fun lifestyle.

Community Resources

If family members aren't local or able to help navigate through the many different local resources, your physician should be able to help you. With previous surgical history related to arthritis, there are many different people who are able to lead you to someone or something you are looking for. Your physical therapist will also be able to help locate specific tools to help your pain decrease. Local stores or pharmacy's, such as CVS or Walgreens, will have different options for heating packs.

Sources:

Astin, J. A., Beckner, W., Soeken, K., Hochberg, M.C., & Berman, B. (2002, June 05). Psychological Interventions for Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Meta-Analysis of randomized Controlled Trials. Retrieved March 02, 2017, from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.10416/full

(n.d.). Retrieved March 02, 2017, from http://www.ctcpjournal.com/article/S1744-3881(16)30001-9/full

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