Often, the most effective way to improve your condition is simple rest and rehabilitation.
Rest – short-term bed rest may help reduce joint inflammation and pain. It may be especially useful when several joints are affected by arthritic conditions, and fatigue is part of the problem.
Heat and cold therapy – depending on the type of arthritis you’re experiencing, and which joints it affects, heating pads or ice packs can help relieve swelling, maintain mobility and reduce pain. You doctor can advise on which specific therapy is right for you.
Assistive devices – using canes, walkers, raised toilet seats and other assistive devices can help preserve your joints and make everyday tasks much easier.
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