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Three tips for living with rheumatoid arthritis

December 3rd, 2019
Three Tips for Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that is still not fully understood by doctors and medical researchers. This is a nonreversible condition where the body’s own immune system turns on the joints in the body, leading to crippling inflammation and pain. While there is currently no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, it is possible to manage this disorder. 

By taking a proactive approach, you can work with your doctor and the rest of your treatment team to develop an effective plan that can help you achieve a better quality of life. To help get you started, our team has prepared the following guide. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our treatment options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

Here are three tips that can help if you’ve been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis

In addition to any medication and treatments prescribed by your doctor, focusing on a healthy lifestyle is one of the most effective ways to successfully manage rheumatoid arthritis. Here are three courses of action you can and should take: 

  1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet — The foods we eat can have a strong effect on the inflammation levels in our body. By reducing processed grains and sugars and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables combined with anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger and turmeric, patients with rheumatoid arthritis can see significant benefits. 
  2. Stay active — While rheumatoid arthritis can be debilitating, becoming sedentary can lead to a downward spiral of immobility, weakening muscles and joints that become even more stiff and inflamed. By starting with even a short walk a day and building from there, it’s possible to increase your activity level and reap the associated health benefits. 
  3. Work with a physical therapist Physical therapy is an all-natural treatment approach designed around improving function in the body. A qualified therapist can help you develop a plan that involves strengthening supporting muscles, mobilizing joints and myofascial release to relieve pain and increase mobility. 

Rehab Access can help you manage rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

Ready to start your journey to relief? Rehab Access has a talented and compassionate team who can help you develop a personalized treatment program. We’re committed to building real partnerships to help our patients achieve tangible results. 

To learn more and schedule your initial appointment, contact us today.