Changes Worth Making if You have Arthritis

  • Some people thrive on change and some people loath change. Which one are you? If you have arthritis, you might want to embrace changes that could help you feel better. Whether you have one or multiple painful joints, a little bit of something different could go a long ways towards improving your quality of life.


    • Different Shoes:  Both men and women are really into those flip-flop sandals. These popular “shoes” offer no support, sparse cushioning and zero protection. Obviously, these faults affect the feet. Additionally, the lack of support, cushioning and protection also affect the ankles, knees, hips and spine. These body parts are fully connected and suffer equally with poor shoe choices. If you need some ideas about proper shoes to wear, check out
    • Different Food: What you eat does influence how your joints feel because inflammation can be triggered or extinguished by the food. Sugar is a prime example of what not to eat if you have arthritis. The more sugar-laden items you eat like breads, pastas, cereals and potatoes, the more likely you will experience increased levels of pain in your arthritic joints. On the other hand, other foods are worth adding to your diet like walnuts or fish oil that are high in omega-3 and turmeric spice which is known to help control inflammation and protect the joints. Whether you need to eliminate or add certain foods, never underestimate the power of what you eat. If you need more information, check out Dr. Andrew Weil’s information about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet.
    • Different Ways to Do Things: When we are born, our bodies have a tremendous amount of tissue tolerance and resiliency. But as we age, our abilities to tolerate things like squatting, reaching and bending really does change. We need to change the way we do things in order to adapt to the changes in the body. Adapt or suffer the consequences is pretty much the rule if you have arthritis. A physical therapist can help you learn how to work differently, exercise differently and play differently. To find a good physical therapist in your area, look up an AAOMPT fellow near you.
    • Different Medications: Many people are stuck in a medication rut. If you are stuck on taking anti-inflammatory medications you might start having stomach problems. If you are stuck on taking short-acting opioids like Vicodin, Norco or Percocet, you not only could be experiencing some consequences like making your pain worse or anxiety and insomnia too. See a pain specialist if you do feel stuck in a medication rut, a fresh perspective and a medication change might be just what a good doctor would do for you.


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    Change is often for the better. So surrender your fears and have hope that life can get better, especially if you are willing to change.

Published On: June 29, 2013