Unfortunately there is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be treated, with some of the pain being alleviated. The symptoms can be reduced, allowing you to get on with your everyday life, free from the pain that plagues you. The treatments for osteoarthritis don’t lie in medication, but they instead require dedication and commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. If you’re overweight it’s suggested that you work hard to lose weight and maintain it at a good level, if not exercise is recommended to build up the strength of your muscles.
The most important osteoarthritis treatment is exercise. It doesn’t matter what age, weight or level of fitness you are, regular exercise will help strengthen the muscles and ease the pain. Although it might initially feel as if the joints are sorer from exercise, after repeated activity the muscle will strengthen around the joint, making it stronger and able to move more freely. The stress you will lose from exercise, and the posture improvements that you gain from keeping fit, should also iron out a few of the problems that osteoarthritis has caused. The patients have expressed drastic decrease in their pain upon following a regular exercising regime which may include but is not limited to;
4. Riding a bicycle
6. Lifting weights as strength training exercises
7. Stretching exercises for improved flexibility etc.
Being overweight is another factor that causes increased chance of osteoarthritis. Put simply, being heavier puts increased pressure on your joints and muscles, and their ability to repair themselves is reduced. People who are overweight tend to experience increased pressure in the joints in their lower limbs – losing weight should reduce the load your knees have to deal with. Your general practitioner will discuss an exercise plan with you if need be, letting you know how you can ease yourself in to losing weight through exercise and restricted dieting, rather than starving yourself by cutting out food altogether, or overdoing it with exercise.
When in pain the patients who are suffering from osteoarthritis can seek relieve with the help of hot or cold packs. The heating pads and even the cold packs are readily available at the drug stores at very reasonable rates and have been found to be very effective in curbing the severity of pain in the patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Even in the cases when the pain in these patients is due to an injury a cold pack can be used to alleviate the pain. However, when using the same, the cold pack should always be covered in a towel. While using the heating pad however, it should be kept at a lower setting so as to prevent the chances of burning the skin.