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