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Knee Pain? Check Out These Tips to Better Manage Your Arthritis

As you age, your body undergoes normal wear and tear. From needing a stronger eyeglass prescription to developing arthritis, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to keep yourself healthy. However, stress on your knees can lead to debilitating knee pain as you get older. Here are a few lifestyle changes and tips to better manage your knee pain and hopefully avoid surgery.
Exercise Accordingly.
When it comes to alleviating pain, exercise can help to strengthen your muscles to provide support for your joints. However, strenuous exercise can put stress on your joints. Rather than engaging in exercises that require things like jumping and running, opt for low impact options such as swimming or walking. Also consider physical therapy to stretch and strengthen your leg muscles.
Manage Your Weight.
The heavier you are, the more stress you put on your joints, especially your knees. Make an effort to lose weight through eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. Even moderate weight loss can reduce joint pain.
Invest in a Brace.
When it comes to your joint health, it’s important that you have the support that you need. Wearing knee braces can help to stabilize the joint so that you have the support that you need to lessen pain in your knee joints.
Take Anti-Inflammatory Medication.
When it comes to controlling your pain, sometimes taking medication such as ibuprofen can help. Talk with your doctor about the right medications for you that work with your specific health needs, especially if you’re taking other medications.
Try alternative care.
You may want to try alternative or complementary care such as acupuncture and supplements. Some people have experienced relief from the stimulation that acupuncture provides. Supplements, including a combination of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride, have also been found to relieve modest to severe osteoarthritis pain. Make sure to check with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet, to avoid any contraindications.
If you suffer from knee pain, make sure your health insurance covers the care you need. SeniorChoices NW can help review your options, contact us today.

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