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If you suffer with arthritis, here are some ways you can learn to manage the pain. We developed these tips with the help of the Arthritis Foundation.

Osteoarthritis hurts

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that is not a normal part of aging. Inflammation in the joint tissues causes pain when you bend or move.

Arthritis pain can rob people of their quality of life—causing them to lose muscle strength, sleep poorly, and even sink into depression.

Managing the pain is possible

The best way to beat pain is to stop it before it starts. Here are several ways to get started:

  • Pace yourself
    Switch between heavier and lighter tasks. Balance activity with planned rest breaks, and don’t overdo it.

  • Protect your joints
    Avoid activities that stress your joints. Use splints, braces, and assistive devices if needed, and practice good posture.

  • Control your weight
    Losing just one pound of body weight will take four pounds of pressure off your knees. Shedding extra weight reduces pain and improves function. The best way to lose weight is physical activity combined with a healthy diet.

  • Increase physical activity
    Being physically active is the best thing you can do for pain. But it’s important to move safely and wisely. Talk to your doctor about types and amounts of activity that can help you build strength, increase endurance, and maintain flexibility.

  • Get a good night’s sleep
    Better sleep equals less pain. To improve your sleep, get regular physical activity, avoid alcohol and caffeine in the evening, go to bed and get up at the same time every day, and avoid stress before bedtime.

When you need relief now

A combination of prevention and pain relief strategies works best for most people. When you need relief right away, try heat and cold treatments, relaxation techniques, and massage. Pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and topical treatments also can help. Remember to tell your doctor how much pain you have and share your goals for pain control.

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