At the same time, it should be remembered that, the pain associated with arthritis would not be due to the inflammation per se but many other internal as well as external factors will also influence its intensity, persistence as well as recurrence.
Arthritis pain can occur in any part of the body and can vary from a mild ache to a severe pain and debilitating event. At the same time, in certain instances, arthritis may cause certain joints to loss its initial integrity and shape and would appear distorted as well as would hinder the mobility of a person if large joints of the legs are involved.
In most instances, the arthritis pain would also be associated with stiffness and swelling of the joints and these symptoms would be worse in the mornings than in the evenings. For some, due to its chronic nature, arthritic pain can cause much influence over their mood. Thus, it may act in a vicious cycle to make the matters worse as they would then become less mobile and active.
Therefore, the principle in relieving arthritic pain would be to be active, be cautious and be positive.
Let us now see some of the measures that can be taken in order to reduce the pain associated with arthritis in an individual.
- When the pain sets in, use cold compressions to lessen the pain and hot compressions to relieve the stiffness to a greater extent.
- Do gentle exercises in the evening to relax and stretch the muscles and the tendons in order to avoid or reduce the morning stiffness which would give rise to an intense pain with movements.
- Take over the counter pain relievers for mild pain and if it persist and intense, it may require you to take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever such as ibuprofen or naproxane.
- Make use of muscles strengthening exercises to support the joints and to increase the range of the movements.
- Undertake low impact exercises or sports such as aerobics, cycling, walking…etc.
- Do not sit or stand in the same posture for a long time and always alter your posture and joint positioning though simple movements and exercises wherever you are.
- Provide adequate rest for the aching joints if the pain arose suddenly.
If the pain in your joints are too intense and is not relieved for the above measures, seeing your doctor would be the best advice as it may need more intense treatment and physiotherapy.