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Arthritis pain in the hands

Aching joints are a common complaint as we get older, but did you know that over 20 percent of American adults have been diagnosed with arthritis? Afflicting over 50 million adults, it’s currently the leading cause of disability in America. “Arthritis” is actually a catch-all term for joint pain spanning over 100 different conditions. All of which can have a seriously detrimental impact on people’s lives. The good news is that there are also many ways of treating its symptoms so it doesn’t slow you down. 

Because many conditions can result in arthritis, you should talk to your doctor to determine what may be causing your joint pain and what treatments they would recommend. In general, however, one of the best things you can do for your arthritis might seem counterintuitive: getting your aching joints moving. Going out and exercising with arthritis might be uncomfortable at first, but the positive effects of joint-friendly exercise can vastly increase your comfort, mood, and quality of life. 

Low-Impact Exercise is Key

When it comes to arthritis exercises, it’s essential to strike a balance between getting your joints moving without damaging them further. The severity of your arthritis symptoms will set the pace for what type of exercises will be most helpful. Here are a few general tips to follow when designing your movement regimen:

  • Don’t push yourself too hard. Ease into your new routine and back off if your arthritis pain gets worse. You can start with only three to five minutes of gentle exercises twice a day. Then, adjust upwards as you discover your limits.
  • Choose joint-friendly activities that won’t put additional pressure on areas that hurt.
  • Put safety above all else. Make sure you talk to your doctor about your exercise plan and get some feedback before you start. 

Perhaps the most enjoyable way to help your arthritis through exercise is by being creative. It can be challenging to come up with activities that help you stay active without creating unnecessary stress on your body. With that in mind, here are a few novel activities to try out based on where your arthritis hurts the most!

Help for Arthritic Hands

Human hands are incredible tools. We use them to explore our world, eat our food, use phones and devices, and express affection. Our reliance on our hands is part of what makes it so painful, both physically and emotionally, when arthritis afflicts them. There are many helpful hand exercises to ease hand arthritis and improve finger flexibility. Still, you don’t have to sit down and focus on specific activities to gain some benefits. Gentle gardening is a great way to exercise the joints in your hands as well as reaping the numerous benefits that plants and sunlight can offer. Cooking can also keep your hands limber and lets you enjoy a home-cooked meal in the process. You might want to have a buddy or caretaker nearby to help with lifting any heavy pans. 

Don’t Let Leg Arthritis Slow You Down

Getting out of the house is an integral part of any senior’s routine. Going for walks is a great way to get your daily allotted exercise, spend some time outdoors, and socialize with your walking buddies. Arthritis can put a severe dampener on all those benefits, but there’s a lot you can do to beat it. For mild arthritis, brisk walking is a good way to help keep your joints in good condition. Make sure you have good walking shoes that will help reduce the impact of walking on your joints. Cycling is another excellent low-impact way to get your legs moving, especially with certain bicycle models designed to be easier on the joints. Swimming or water aerobics can be a perfect option for people with more severe pain, as the water takes the weight off your limbs and allows you to move without pain. 

Spinal Arthritis is a Pain in the Neck

The back and neck pain associated with spinal arthritis is enough to discourage many people from exercising at all. In some cases, a little rest might be helpful to ease your immediate symptoms. In the long run, exercises like gentle yoga or tai chi can help with flexibility and keep your pain to a minimum. Walking, cycling, and swimming are good options for spinal arthritis as well, not to mention being great for your heart and mind. 

Have Someone Pitch in to Avoid the Pain

While there’s no cure for arthritis, there are lots of options for managing symptoms. The most important thing to remember is that arthritis doesn’t have to put an end to your favorite activities. By staying active and limber, you can ease your pain and gain the benefits of a healthier life. Sometimes, however, we can all use a little help when we’re still struggling with arthritis pain. A caregiver can be the perfect solution for people who want to keep making the most of their daily activities while coping with aching joints. A caregiver can help out with any activities that arthritis makes more challenging, whether it’s cooking, cleaning, or tooth brushing. Rather than letting arthritis stop you from living the life you want, a caregiver bridges that gap so you can stay healthy, happy, and fulfilled. 

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