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Having to deal with arthritis pain in your daily life is stressful, but finding ways of alleviating your pain should not contribute more stress. The tips offered here, if applied, will help you follow through on your normal daily routine and take away some of the stress associated with having arthritis, helping you deal with the pain.

Exercise and relaxation techniques

Consider doing some relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. Many studies indicate enormous benefits can be garnered from yoga, including easing the joint pain associated with arthritis.

Although it can seem hard sometimes, it’s vital you exercise often if you’re an arthritis sufferer. If you do not exercise the joints, they will tighten and make your arthritis worse. Flexibility exercises are important, too.

Comfortable shoes

Avoid uncomfortable shoes and high heels if you have arthritis. Shoes that aren’t comfortable will only exacerbate your arthritis and hurt your posture and back. Instead, go out and buy some comfortable gym shoes that offer support.

House customisation

If you are remodelling or designing a home and suffer from arthritis, consider asking about customisations to enhance your quality of life. Have a consultation with your builder and discuss what possibilities are open to you. If you make some simple modifications, you can make your life easier.

Joint care

Keep your joints in mind at all times. The most minor job may be painful and hard to accomplish when you are dealing with arthritis. Instead of lifting items, try sliding them into position, or request that someone help you. It’s important that you protect yourself from any pain and inflammation and to maintain the flexibility in your joints.

Parking pass

For those with chronic arthritis that drive, you are eligible to receive a pass for handicapped parking. A lot of arthritis sufferers are not aware of this and continue to park in normal parking spots. This is not always the best for those in constant pain.

Hot and cold

Implement both cold and hot treatments. Since joints can easily become overworked, you can reduce pain and swelling by alternating between packs that are hot and cold. Be careful not to use ice or heat excessively, because either one can cause damage when overused. Strive for no more than twice each day.

Physical Therapy

Dr Stephanie Barrett might recommend a course of physical therapies to help you manage and overcome some of the symptoms of your arthritic condition. The physical therapies prescribed for arthritis include hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, all of which will be offered through referral and designed to suit your specific needs.


If no other treatments help your arthritis pain, maybe you should speak to your doctor about joint surgery. Joint surgery can sometimes help with arthritis by improving mobility and flexibility, and also reducing pain. It has generally been effective for most patients that decide to try it.

At this point, you should be aware of the many ways to cope with arthritis symptoms. Understanding how to manage your symptoms is important; however, the resolve to apply the methods shown here is the most important thing to have. When you have effective coping methods along with a healthier lifestyle, you can live a fuller, pain free life!

Questions about arthritis

If you have any questions about arthritis pain or would like to book an appointment with Dr Stephanie Barrett then please get in touch here.