‘Tis the Season for Arthritis Pain

The temperature all over the country is dropping which makes joint stiffness from arthritis increase! This can add difficulty to job tasks which require hand and finger dexterity or cause knee pain when walking or standing for a long time.

1 in 5 adults have some form of arthritis. It is the 2nd leading cause of work disability behind heart disease. Rest used to be the recommendation for arthritic pain, but research shows that movement and exercise are more beneficial. When an individual is not experiencing active inflammation, exercise is beneficial in reducing pain and improving the situation.

Arthritis encompasses over 100 different rheumatic diseases. The types of arthritis include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, juvenile arthritis, gout, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, but include stiffness in the joints, swelling, warmth, tenderness, fever, weight loss, and lethargy. Treatment includes weight loss, joint protection, medications, surgery, dietary changes, and exercise.

A person will experience an increase in stiffness if they do not exercise. It should be introduced slowly and avoided during bouts of inflammation. Get your body moving so you can get out and enjoy the weather and holidays while maintaining production at work. Don’t let arthritis slow you down!

See the following attached article for details on  exercises for arthritis:  Exercise for Arthritis

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