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Living with Arthritis

Arthritis is something that impacts a variety of people and their everyday lives. It is a condition that causes inflammation and, in turn, pain in the joints within your body. It impacts millions of people throughout the UK and can even affect children.


It is not only painful, but it can also make things you feel you should be able to do quickly and challenging.


The good news for those who are living with arthritis is that there are things that you can do to ensure that your life is as every day as possible. This includes making healthy life choices and accessing services and benefits that are open to you.


To help you understand more about the impact that arthritis can have and what you can do to try and minimise this, here is our guide to living with arthritis.


Working with arthritis

If you are living with arthritis, then you are going to want to continue to work. Not only does it help you financially, but it also helps to improve your self-esteem.


Depending on what you do for a living, you may find some work challenging. However, you should talk to your employer to discuss whether or not there is any additional support that they can provide you with.


Exercise

When you are coping with pain that relates to arthritis, then it makes sense that you may not feel like exercising or being active. However, being active in a variety of ways can help to reduce the impact of arthritis and also reduce the pain that you feel too.

So long as you are careful with the type of exercise you choose, you should find that your arthritis doesn’t get any worse. This is particularly true if you combine training with a healthy and balanced diet.


Over time, if you are active, then you should find that you lose weight; this will then, in turn, place a lot less strain on your joints. Not only will this help to encourage you to want to exercise more, but it also will help you to feel happier and be in less pain.


Always look after your joints

Those with arthritis will want to protect their joints as much as possible to avoid further damage. You can do this in several ways.


You can use other joints that may be stronger to take the pressure off those painful joints; you could also spread the impact over several joints rather than focusing on all of it at once.

It is also a good idea to try and use a loose grip as much as possible, or, if you can’t, you want to try out things such as padded handles, as this will widen your grip and provide cushioning.


Living with arthritis can be challenging, but it is possible. Knowing what you can do to make your life easier, as well as trying to stay positive, is going to help you to live as everyday life as possible.

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