Jack Frost is no friend when you have arthritis. Winter brings the challenges of sore throats, slippery sidewalks and cold, stiff joints. Linda Russell, MD, a rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, offers these tips for staying well, safe and comfortable when cold weather hits. Continue reading Cold Weather Checklist for People With Arthritis
When you have an inflammatory type of arthritis, the disease itself and medications used to treat it can make you more likely to get infections. Everyday objects that you might overlook may be teeming with viruses and bacteria, raising the risk for illness. Be sure to disinfect these germ hotspots. Continue reading Five Germ Hotspots Lurking in Your Home
Embracing gratitude can make it easier to deal with family drama during the holidays. And it also may help you to manage your arthritis. Research found that thankfulness helps people feel happier and more optimistic, even when things aren’t going well. It strengthens personal relationships and can also improve physical health. Continue reading Got Arthritis Blues? Focus on Gratitude this Season and Beyond
Food is part of the fun during the holidays, which can make sticking to a healthy diet a challenge. Take this advice from registered dietitians and enjoy yourself – without ruining your weight-loss progress or causing a flare.
The holidays are a great time to catch up with friends and spend quality time with family. From parties to special dinners to festive family traditions, this time of year is full of joy and excitement. But if the most important people in your life don’t live nearby, you’ll probably be traveling – and when you live with arthritis, that can often mean pain. Continue reading Holiday Travel Can Be a Pain
With clear communication, together you and your doctor can find the best individualized treatment plan for you. Here are some tips for communicating better.
Not too long ago, you had two nut butter choices to spread on your toast: creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Now peanut butter has competition, each with its own additional nutritional benefits. Add these tasty spreads to your arthritis diet.
Outdoor or indoor, cycling is one of the most effective workouts for people with arthritis. “The continuous motion that’s part of cycling is very helpful for arthritic joints,” says Joseph Garry, MD, an associate professor in the division of sports medicine at the University of Minnesota.
“The more the joint moves through its full range of motion, the more synovial fluid is produced. This lubricates the joint so you move more easily the rest of the day.” And it’s effective whether you break a sweat or take it easy.
When good weather is calling, then it’s a great time to get started for the first time or back to your regular routine. If you don’t exercise regularly, start with 10 minutes of cycling at a low resistance, and gradually increase resistance, time and frequency, says Dr. Garry. Your goal should be 20 to 30 minutes of cycling a day.
Springtime brings out the gardener in us all. But it can be tough on the joints. Air plant gardening requires no shovel, no soil, no watering can, but the results can be spectacular. Just ask Carolyn Kosanouvong-Walker of Fresno, California, who began air plant gardening as a creative way to ease stress and take her mind off the pain of her juvenile arthritis.
“What I love about air plants is that they are simple to manage and come in different sizes and types,” says Kosanouvong-Walker, 45, who was diagnosed at age 3.
You can make adjustments to minimize pain and safely accommodate a limited range of motion while driving. Start by adjusting mirrors so you won’t have to twist and turn to check blindspots when changing lanes. Elin Schold-Davis, an occupational therapist, driving rehabilitation specialist and coordinator of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Older Driver Initiative, offers more tips. Continue reading 4 Tips to Ease Driving Pain