Do’s & Dont’s For Arthritis Patients

DO’S

  • Regularly do the exercises as advised by your doctor and physiotherapist.
  • Take care of stresses expected on the joint affected
  • Review with your doctor if pain increases to adjust the dosage of drugs and type of drugs required.
  • Try to reduce as much possible the medicine to alleviate your pain and use non-drug methods (this includes alternative medicine).
  • Use instruments wherever possible to improve the mechanical advantage.

DONT’S

  • Sitting in the leg crossed especially on flour has to be avoided.
  • Jogging, Brisk walking, Weight lifting and other strenuous exercises are to be avoided.
  • Climbing stairs, especially steep one need to be avoided.
  • Don’t continue to take pain relievers- especially the more potent NSAID’s.
  • Don’t lift heavy objects, especially without prior preparation.
  • Don’t use or do high impact exercises tasks.

HOW DOES PHYSIOTHERAPY HELPS IN ARTHRITIS?

During the course of undergoing therapy sessions one works towards gaining:-

  • Relief of pain.
  • Preventing development of deformities.
  • Correcting developed deformities.
  • Maintaining the range of movements.
  • Improving muscle tone.
  • Maintaining the optimum function.

GUIDELINES TO PHYSIOTHERAPY IN ARTHRITIS

  • Seek the help of physiotherapist as advised.
  • Take the help of pain relieving modalities available at physiotherapy center.
  • Follow the instructions on exercise.
  • Continue the exercise at home within pain limits.
  • Mobility is the keystone in maintaining.
  • Movement & functions of joints should be maintained with in pain limits
  • Compliance of exercise programme is a must.

IF YOU HAVE ARTHRITIS, HERE ARE TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD EXERCISE

Exercise can: –

  • Ease joint pains.
  • Reduce stiffness & fatigue.
  • Strengthens muscle & bones.
  • Increases joint mobility.
  • Strengthens your circulation and heart.
  • Controls cholesterol and help reducing weight.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure.
  • Improves mood and stamina.
  • Help in diabetic control.
  • Extends life

Consult your physiotherapist/doctor for right kind of exercises you should do.

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