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Tips for Reducing the Pain of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs as the result of wear and tear on the joints. It leads to pain, stiffness, and mobility issues, and without treatment, it can get progressively worse. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to control the symptoms of osteoarthritis and reduce the risk of progressive joint damage, including working with a physical therapist on exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your joints. If you’re living with the pain of osteoarthritis, give these tips a try.

Focus on Weight Loss

Although joint damage associated with osteoarthritis can occur for a number of different reasons, including simple, age-related wear and tear, being overweight can contribute to joint issues and exacerbate your symptoms. Excess weight puts additional pressure on your joints that can cause them to wear down more quickly, which causes osteoarthritis to become worse. Losing weight will ease this pressure and reduce the risk of future joint damage.

Get Active

It may seem counterintuitive that what your sore joints are craving is more activity, but in reality, exercise can be tremendously helpful for people with osteoarthritis. Not only can exercise help you control your weight, but it can also help you build strength in the tissue around your joints, which in turn can reduce inflammation. A physical therapist can help you devise an exercise regime that is safe for your joints and that can help you get the results you want.

Try Heat and Ice

Heating pads and hot compresses increase blood flow, allowing oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to flow to areas of pain and stiffness and provide relief. Cold packs and cold compresses minimize swelling and inflammation. Many people with osteoarthritis get relief from using both heat and ice at different times. Experiment to see which kind of therapy helps you control your pain most effectively.

Osteoarthritis doesn’t have to slow you down. At Manhattan Total Health, we offer physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture in New York, NY to help you get the pain relief you need without relying on pain medications. Are you ready to fight back against your osteoarthritis pain? Call (888) 614-9257 to make an appointment.

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