More than 58 million people in the United States live with some form of arthritis. When the pain and stiffness strike, it can limit your mobility and get in the way of enjoying certain activities and living your life to the fullest.
Fortunately, you don't have to allow arthritis to control your life. By working closely with a medical provider, you can get your symptoms under control and do more of what you love.
Board-certified internal medicine physician Prabhdeep Singh, MD, FACP, takes an integrative approach to care that recognizes the impact of lifestyle on many conditions, including arthritis.
While there's no cure for this arthritis, making simple and practical lifestyle changes can significantly improve your quality of life.
Keep reading to learn about four transformative habits to help you alleviate arthritis pain and reclaim your independence.
When you have pain and stiffness in your joints, cutting back on physical activity is often the first instinct. However, staying active is essential for managing arthritis pain. Regular, low-impact exercise can help reduce stiffness, increase flexibility, and strengthen the muscles around your joints.
Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, cycling, and yoga are gentle on your joints and promote better overall health.
Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week to maximize the benefits. Consistency is key. It's best to start slow and listen to your body.
Carrying excess weight puts extra strain on your joints, especially the hips, knees, and ankles. Losing just a few pounds can make a significant difference in relieving arthritis pain and preventing further joint damage. A balanced, nutrient-rich diet is crucial for weight loss and overall well-being.
Focus on consuming lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Limit processed foods, sugary beverages, and excessive amounts of sodium. Dr. Singh can work with you to create a personalized, sustainable weight management plan.
An anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce inflammation, the primary cause of arthritis pain. This diet emphasizes consuming whole foods rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients.
Consider Incorporating the following anti-inflammatory foods into your daily meals:
Additionally, consider limiting foods that may aggravate inflammation, such as red meat, fried foods, and refined carbohydrates.
Stress can exacerbate arthritis pain and inflammation. Stress reduction techniques can help you feel more relaxed and in control, which can help manage your pain levels. Consider exploring mindfulness meditation, deep-breathing exercises, or walking outside in nature.
Incorporating regular self-care activities like massages, warm baths, and gentle stretching can also help you unwind and alleviate arthritis pain.
You have the power to make a significant impact on your arthritis pain by adopting a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. For help managing arthritis pain, call our El Centro office at 760-203-3534 to schedule a visit with Dr. Singh.
Don't let arthritis hold you back—incorporate these lifestyle changes and start enjoying a more active, pain-free life today.