Find out how to soothe joint pain associated with arthritis.

Wondering how common arthritis really is? Arthritis affects an estimated 50 million adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In observance of Arthritis Awareness Month, discover five ways to reduce joint pain and increase quality of life with arthritis.

Adjust your workspace
Many adults spend a lot of time at work. Take care to adjust the way you work to make sure it’s an optimal situation for reducing joint pain. This could mean investing in special seating, making sure you take plenty of breaks to move or finding out how your physical responsibilities at work can be adjusted.

Maintain a healthy diet
Being overweight can aggravate your arthritis and joint pain. Follow a healthy, sustainable diet in order to reach your goal weight.

Take your medication
Your doctor may prescribe a range of medication and supplements to help reduce your joint pain. It’s important to stay on top of this regime exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Talk to your doctor about other medications or supplements you take regularly to prevent drug interaction.

Make your home arthritis-friendly
Around the house, do what you can to make your daily tasks easier on your arthritis. Wear appropriate footwear, talk to your doctor about the best sleep and rest positions and avoid bending frequently at the knee.

Keep moving
Physical therapy can help improve muscle strength and the motion of stiff joints. Talk to your doctor about how physical therapy can help and ask about what kinds of exercises and gentle activities can help reduce your joint pain.

North Hills Hospital is certified by the Joint Commission and offers patients a comprehensive joint replacement program. For more information, contact the North Hills Orthopedic Resource line at (817) 255-1691. To request a physician referral, please call 1-855-5NHILLS.

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