One of the biggest misconceptions today is about bones being made up of dead tissues. This is not true at all since they are as alive as other organs in our body. They are made up of cells, nerves, blood vessels and pain receptors and they can pain, a lot! If you have conditions such as stress fractures, certain cancers, arthritis, osteoporosis your bone can ache deep inside or hurt sharply on the surface.
World Arthritis Day was established by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and is celebrated each year on 12th October to work toward increasing awareness of arthritis and other rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) worldwide. where efforts are taken to encourage people with RMDs, their families, and the general population to catch every opportunity to take action and make a difference to the quality of life of people with RMD.
Arthritis Pain and Limitations in Activities
A person suffering from arthritis has difficulty in walking even for half a kilometer, climbing, bending, kneeling, climbing stairs, lifting or pushing a heavy object, or grasping small objects. They also face difficulty in standing or sitting for more than two hours at a stretch. Incapability to participate in social activities and emotional challenges are other worries.
Arthritis Management: Healthy Lifestyle Choices
These lifestyle tips can greatly reduce your risk of developing some RMDs and also manage the existing condition better:
- Stop smoking as it affects your immune system and also increases the amount of pain you feel.
- Stress can lead to mental tension which makes the pain worse and should be managed.
- Get enough quality sleep for your mental and physical wellbeing.
- Keep your alcohol intake in check.
- Reduce the level sugars by cutting down on soft drinks, cereals, ready meals and processed foods.
- Salt can cause a number of health conditions and adults should limit themselves to 5-6g a day.
Arthritis Pain Relief: Interesting Work-out Tips
If your joint hurts and you are not too eager on exercising, remember that exercise not only keeps those joints strong and flexible, it also promises pain relief for a host of conditions, osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia.
Physician-recommended treatment for joint pain and stiffness can help keep your arthritis under control. You can also talk to your physician about adding these exercises to improve your condition:
- Water Walking: Walking in waist-deep water lessens the weight on joints by 50 percent compared to that of walking on land.
- Water Aerobics: This is usually done in chest-deep water, lessening the impact on your joints by 75 percent compared with traditional aerobics.
- Swimming: It will work all of your muscle groups and builds cardiovascular endurance but choose a stroke that is most comfortable for your joints.
- Golf: It works your upper back, legs, shoulders, wrists, and hands.
- Muscle strengthening activities: Do exercises that work all the major muscle groups of the body because strong muscles take some of the pressure off the joints.
- Balance activities: To prevent the risk of falling, practice backward walking, side stepping, heel and toe walking, standing on 1 foot for at least 3 days a week.
- World Health Organization. Accessed Oct 6, 2015.
- Centers for Disease Control And Prevention. Accessed Oct 5, 2015.
- World Arthritis Day. Accessed Oct 5, 2015.