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Nondrug Arthritis Treatments For Dummies

Although drugs such as aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-in-flammatories may help relieve the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, other treatments may include:

1.Massage
2.Exercise
3.Acupuncture
4.Heat and cold

Arthritis Heat cold

 

Massage  -  Massaging sore joints and muscles may help reduce pain. Never massage swollen or very sore joints or muscles.

 

 

 

Arthritis Heat cold

 

Exercise  -  Exercise may help strengthen muscles and joints, improve flexibility and ease back pain. It can help with weight control and may improve sleep. It’s best to include strengthening, range-of-motion and aerobic exercises. Ask your doctor about appropriate exercises for you. People with certain types of arthritis, such as inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis, may need to take special precautions.

 

 

 

Arthritis Heat cold

 

Acupuncture  -  In this treatment, a trained professional inserts thin needles under the skin at specific points. It’s said to help stimulate flow of a life-force energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”), and may help reduce pain. Talk with your doctor about whether it’s an option for you.

 

 

 

Arthritis Heat cold

 

Heat and cold – Applying hot or cold treatments to sore areas can help ease pain or inflammation. A heating pad or cold pack can be used, or you can soak in a warm bath or swim in a heated pool.

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