Arthritis pain and excercise

Understanding Your Pain

Dealing with pain can be the hardest part of having arthritis or a related condition, but you can learn to manage it and its impact on your life. The first step is knowing which type of arthritis or condition you have, because that will help determine your treatment. Before learning different management techniques, however, it’s important to understand some concepts about pain.
Arthritis pain is caused by several factors, such as:
  • Inflammation, the process that causes the redness and swelling in your joints;
  • Damage to joint tissues, which results from the disease process or from stress, injury or pressure on the joints;
  • Fatigue that results from the disease process, which can make your pain seem worse and harder to handle;

Depression or stress, which results from limited movement or no longer doing activities you enjoy.

In my experience, exercise along with your daily dose of doctor recommended, or over the counter, pain medication can make you quite mobile.

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~ by silvachiqa on May 23, 2012.

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