Dry Weather Helps

Dry Weather

Chances are, you’ve heard an elderly person say they could feel a weather change ‘in my bones’. Well, believe it or not, there is some truth to this phenomenon. One handy ‘benefit’ of arthritis is that it makes the joints more sensitive to changes in the weather; this detection comes in the form of pressure changes, which happens more often in humid weather. Fluctuations in barometric pressure can cause joints to expand in certain instances, causing significant pain for those suffering from arthritis. Aside from dry climates, relief can be found ironically enough in swimming and drinking lots of water.

Exercise Helps, Rather than Hurting

Speaking of exercise, you might think the best thing to do when dealing with painful joints is just to relax and take it easy. However, exercise is better for your joints in the long run. This is because regular exercise forces you to move your joints often in a safe and controlled way, ensuring that your joints maintain their full range of motion. If you’re worried about pain and damage while exercising, it’s fine to start or stick with stretching. For actual exercise, choose something low impact, like stationary bike riding or swimming, which puts less pressure on the joints.

Diet is Key


Your diet won’t completely protect you from developing arthritis, but it can reduce the amount you suffer from it. This is less a matter of direct influence and more a matter of weight gain; if you are heavier, you’re automatically putting more weight, more pressure onto your joints, exacerbating any painful, joint-related conditions. For this reason, it’s best to maintain a healthy weight, which means not overeating and getting a healthy balance that includes fruits and vegetables, modest amounts of meat, and limited sugar, salt, and fat. A proper diet and exercise work well together to keep you healthy.

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Joint Damage is not Inevitable

Joint Damage

You might think that because you need to move, you’re going to endure damage to your joints brought on by arthritis. This is not necessarily the case. While your joints definitely can and will erode from arthritis in a vacuum, this damage can be largely prevented through medication. Specifically, COX-2 inhibitors, NSAIDs, and other drugs can relieve symptoms and prevent damage. If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, it’s important to speak to a doctor in order to quickly establish a course of treatment; any delays in starting medication can cause irreparable damage to your joints, severely decreasing your quality of life.

While arthritis, and other forms of joint pain, can certainly bring changes to your lifestyle, it doesn’t have to make you miserable. Take the appropriate steps to manage your condition, and stay in contact with a medical professional to establish and adhere to a plan for treatment; this will improve your quality of life. Likewise, staying informed and keeping up to date as we learn more about joint pain will likely give you peace of mind, which is important for dealing with any injury or illness, especially a chronic one. As always, a healthy diet and regular exercise can help.

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