Arthritis is defined as inflammation of the body’s joints. There are over 100 kinds of arthritis that impede millions of Americans every year. Arthritis can severely limit an individual’s ability to perform daily activities such as walking, lifting, and more.
Since there are so many different types of arthritis it is important to learn more about your specific diagnosis so that you can optimize your daily function as much as possible. However, for most types of arthritis, the literature and evidence is consistent: keep your joints moving! Our bodies are meant to move and won’t be happy being in one position for long periods of time.
When it comes to lifting or returning to work, optimal body mechanics are essential. Setting up your ergonomic workspace can have positive effects on experienced symptoms as well. If you work at a desk, set up timers on your phone to remind you to get up every 20-30 minutes.
Since arthritis has an inflammatory component, it is important to monitor visual symptoms of swelling and moderate activity to levels that don’t exacerbate your swelling. Research shows that maintaining a healthy weight and keeping a well balanced diet has positive effects on the outlook of patients with arthritis.
Activities that are low impact and focus on maintaining range of motion and improving flexibility are the gold standard exercises for patients with arthritis. These can include upper and lower extremity stretching, low resistance strengthening, walking, swimming, and more!
Although millions of Americans are diagnosed with arthritis every year, a positive mindset and perception of your condition is crucial for your functionality outlook.
Stay active, keep a healthy diet, and stay motivated!
The Progressive Therapy Team