Arthritis has no cure and is a disease requiring long-term treatment, so we should learn to live with arthritis, that is, besides drug therapy to relieve pain, more importantly, how to live with arthritis on a daily basis.
Dr. Clove introduced some small daily prescriptions to everyone, hoping to help arthritis friends improve their lives:
1. Physiotherapy is available
Physical massage is helpful to enhance the patient’s muscle strength and improve the range of joint movement. However, it is important to pay special attention to the fact that massage is best operated by a specialist and must not blindly go to an irregular small clinic for massage treatment. Because massage cannot play a direct therapeutic role, if improper treatment will aggravate the disease.
Middle-aged and elderly friends often have osteoporosis, if massage is too hard, it often causes fractures. Especially the middle-aged and elderly people with hyperosteogeny of cervical and lumbar vertebrae, cannot be easily treated by massage. Once improper massage causes fractures, nerve injury is easy to occur, even paralysis, and the consequences are unimaginable.
2. Pay attention to protect the damaged joints during exercise.
In daily life, don’t let the joints be in a posture for a long time, and don’t blindly bend and stretch repeatedly. If conditions permit, you can wear joint protectors for all seasons.
In addition, special attention should be paid to avoid mechanical injuries to joints and minimize the weight-bearing and wear of joints. For example, arthritis patients of knee and ankle joints should try their best to avoid more severe joint-damaging movements such as going up and down stairs, squatting for a long time, standing, kneeling, climbing mountains and trekking for a long time, especially when joints are swollen.
However, regular and appropriate exercise can also improve circulation and make the patient’s physical and mental state better. For this reason, friends with arthritis can choose swimming, cycling, gymnastics and other exercises with lighter joint load, or use handles, walking sticks, knee pads, walking machines, wedge-shaped (with a little slope heel) insoles or other auxiliary facilities to assist joint movement.
3. Wearing shoes is also exquisite.
Arthritis friends should wear shoes with appropriate soft and hard thickness at the bottom at ordinary times. Flat shoes with thin and hard bottom are not a good choice.
When walking in flat shoes, The weight will be too heavy on the heel, Walking for a long time, the momentum uploaded may make people produce pain and discomfort in heels, ankles, knees, hips, waist and other parts, and arthritis can occur after a long time of adverse effects on joints. Therefore, it is best to wear soft shoes with elastic soles. As mentioned earlier, casual shoes with sloping heels can reduce the impact of gravity on joints and reduce joint wear.
4. Proper physical exercise
Proper muscle exercise will help arthritis patients to enhance their exercise coordination and muscle strength.
For example, patients with knee arthritis can exercise quadriceps femoris more. The weakening of quadriceps femoris ability will greatly affect the stability of the knee joint. Therefore, strengthening the training of quadriceps femoris is beneficial to arthritis patients.
Proper exercise can relieve the symptoms of arthritis, enhance the strength around the joint, increase the stability of the joint, maintain and increase the range of joint activities and improve the ability of daily activities, which are conducive to disease recovery and disease control.