Caring For Those Tired Joints
Standing, bending, climbing, walking, sitting, typing, cooking ….. so many of our daily activities require healthy, functional joints. Some joints provide stability, while others help us move about from place to place.
Isn’t the human body complex? There are so many moving parts that need to function in synchronicity to help you live. Sometimes message from our body can be confusing. Pain in one area may actually be because of a problem in another. Don’t let your body fool you. If you get your health game strong and gather the right amount of knowledge you can lead a pain free life.
Aging and stress lead to wear and tear on our body. And if you are dealing with pain day to day, it can wear you down even more, causing fatigue, depression, and disrupting your everyday life.
It may seem counterintuitive, but being busy and active helps relieve the fatigue. Yes, that’s right. As repetitive as it sounds, moderate exercise along with a balanced diet is the key to leading a healthy and pain free life.
Some joint issues are more than just using the joints too much – or not enough. One of the most common joint problems is Arthritis, which means inflammation of a joint or joints.
Some of the common types of Arthritis are:
- Osteoarthritis: This is the most common form of arthritis. It usually develops slowly and gets worse overtime.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: This form is an auto-immune disease, where the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body, causing pain and inflammation. It can affect multiple joints at a time, lead to chronic pain, instability, and deformity in the joints. In addition to joints, it can also affect other organs in the body like lung, liver, etc.
- SLE: Systemic Lupus Erythematosis is another auto-immune condition which affects multiple systems in the body. Some varying symptoms for lupus are: skin rashes, seizures, oral ulcers, and photosensitivity. Your doctor can differentiate the type of lupus by running some diagnostic tests.
- Gout: This painful condition is caused by a buildup of uric acid, which forms crystals that cause inflammation in your joints. Gout commonly affects men but women are not immune. Most commonly, Gout is treated by pain relieving meds like NSAIDS prescribed by your doctor.
- Fibromyalgia: Women are more likely to experience this condition than men. A chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas.
- Reaction to your meds: Some drugs prescribed to treat one problem could cause a reaction leading to joint pains and fatigue. Be watchful of any symptoms when you start a new drug routine. These kinds are usually associated with rash, change in bowel movements, etc.
Symptoms can vary, depending on the condition but may include:
- Pain or aching.
- Less range of motion.
Eating healthy for pain relief doesn’t mean eating dull and boring food. Load up on foods rich in:
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Like salmon and nuts to curb inflammation.
- Vitamin K: Add greens, such as spinach, kale, and cabbage for their pain-soothing properties.
- Vitamin C: Brighten your diet with juicy oranges, sweet red peppers, tomatoes, and other C-rich foods to minimize cartilage loss that comes with arthritis.
- Spices: Turmeric and ginger are warming spices and very useful in soothing inflammation.
We at Florida Home Care believe in empowering you with basic skills and information that could lead you onto the path of a healthy lifestyle. A free consultation with one of our professional team member is always a good idea to understand and discuss any symptoms you might be facing in your day to day life.
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