There are over 100 forms of arthritis. Arthritis is a form of a joint disorder and is characterized by the inflammation of one or more joints. The major complaint of sufferers of this condition is joint pain that is often constant and localized around the affected joint. There are many things that a sufferer can do to alleviate the pain and to better live with the condition.
Create a support system that includes other patients with arthritis. Friends and family members may not always be supportive of the pain you’re in, or may simply not understand the crippling nature of the condition. Having friends with arthritis can give you someone to talk to about your pain, who understands the problem and won’t judge you, while also taking the stress off of your family, when trying to deal with your issues.
Even if you do not smoke cigarettes, you should still avoid secondhand smoke whenever possible. If you are a smoker, now is the perfect time to ditch this unhealthy habit. Cigarette smoke contains nicotine, which reduces blood flow to the extremities. This can produce short-term pain relief. In the long-term though, smoking will corrupt your joints and sharpen the pain that you feel from arthritis.
Be sure to move throughout the day. Remaining in the same position for a long time puts more stress on your joints than if you shift positions. Be sure to take regular breaks to stand and stretch and make sure that your work environment is set up to allow you to protect your joints.
People who suffer from one of the various forms of arthritis have great challenges in their lives. By adapting and applying the tips and principles in the above article it is possible to radically improve the quality of life for those who have arthritis. It is a difficult condition, but one that can handled and treated in order to better enjoy life.
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