- 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.
- 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.
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.