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5 Lifestyle Adjustments for Living With Arthritis

Arthritis, a chronic inflammatory condition that causes symptoms of pain and stiffness, can affect one or many of your joints. Many people develop arthritis later in life, but young people may struggle with arthritis, as well.

When you develop arthritis, customary parts of your life might become challenging. Hobbies or daily activities can be painful for people living with arthritis. At BCS Medical of Bryan, Texas, William Renner, DC, FIAMA, and the experienced care team support patients with many types of arthritis.

Our team can work with you on the right lifestyle adjustments for your particular case. Here are some of the tips that can be effective for people living with arthritis, as a way of reducing pain and reclaiming your life.

1. Stay active

While life with arthritis can make you feel like you want to stay still in a comfortable chair, or never get out of bed, it’s actually essential that you stay active. For patients living with arthritis, it’s recommended that you not hold still for too long in a single position. Try to stand up and stretch out your joints about every 15 minutes.

Low-impact physical activity, including walking, swimming, and yoga, keeps your muscles strong and improves your flexibility and balance. When you’re strong and in good shape, you can weather arthritis outbreaks and avoid painful falls. At BCS Medical, we can recommend targeted corrective exercises to strengthen and support the areas of your body impacted by arthritis.

2. Look into losing weight

Every extra pound of weight you carry on your frame puts added pressure on joints that may already be strained by arthritis attacks. Even moderate weight loss of 5%-10% of your total body weight may significantly reduce your arthritis symptoms. Focus on regular exercise and healthier eating habits to lose weight the right way. We provide nutritional counseling to help you change your diet.

3. Try medication management

Some medications may be helpful for managing your arthritis. Talk to the BCS Medical team about over-the-counter and prescription medications that could effectively manage your pain and inflammation levels. You may also be able to benefit from regenerative medical treatments like joint injections with platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

4. Use support devices

There are many simple and effective devices that can help you with everyday tasks, and avoid stressing your affected joints. Modifying your home and work spaces to better accommodate your arthritis can save you from a lot of pain and discomfort.

5. Reach out for help

Life with a chronic condition like arthritis poses unique challenges. Talk to your friends and family about how they can help. Planning ahead and simplifying or changing some of your routines may help you avoid stressful situations and painful arthritis flare ups.

The team at BCS Medical can also provide the care and support you need to keep living your life after your arthritis diagnosis. Get in touch with our Bryan, Texas office to schedule your consultation appointment this spring. You can book online, or give us a call now.

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