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For the past few weeks, people are coping with life in quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. This new way of living is especially burdensome for people who have arthritis, as more care is needed to make sure that they will not suffer from painful episodes.
Since the quarantine is a necessary sacrifice right now, you have to exercise caution in what you do and eat to avoid arthritis attack. You can consult our expert in pain management in Largo, FL, for guidance. Although our clinic is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our office remains open, and we are seeing patients through telemedicine or video conferencing. You may call our office to schedule an appointment.
Arthritis pain may be triggered at any time, especially when the patient is in a stressful environment. Here are practical ways for you to cope with arthritis pain while stay-at-home orders are enforced.
Don’t be tempted to stay on the couch during the quarantine. You’ll need to regularly move and exercise so that you can maintain joint flexibility, increase your body’s strength, and combat fatigue, which can then prevent arthritis pain.
If walking outdoors is no longer possible, you can do some low impact, range-of-motion exercises at home. You can do hand raises, head rolls, and shoulder exercises. You may also do basic aerobic workouts for at least 30 minutes every day. Just make sure not to push yourself and only increase the intensity gradually.
In the morning, start your day with a warm bath to ease joint and body stiffness. In the evening, use a heating pad when you sleep to prevent tightness in the joints.
If you do feel the onset of arthritis pain, use cold therapy. Pack ice in a bag, wrap this with a towel and apply on the painful joint. Do this in conjunction with taking pain relievers. If you are taking prescription medication, be sure that you have enough supply at home so you won’t needlessly have to go outside and buy the medicine.
You have more time to indulge in stress-relieving activities while in quarantine. You can unleash your creative side by painting or cooking. You can relax to good music or watch a fun movie that may take your mind off what’s worrying you.
You can also meditate and do breathing exercises. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, meditation can help patients with arthritis cope better with pain as it can reduce the stress that may be contributing to the inflammation and swelling. Limiting your time on social media can also decrease anxiety.
Being in quarantine may tempt you to eat more processed or junk food, but these are loaded with trans fats, sugar, and refined carbohydrates that could trigger inflammation. As much as possible, try to add more omega-3 fatty acids in your daily diet, not only during quarantine but also as a healthier food habit for life.
If you’d like to indulge in alcohol, do so in moderation and make sure that it won’t interact with your pain medication, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Our patients’ well-being is our priority. The coronavirus pandemic may have forced us to close our clinic temporarily, but we still make sure that our patients can reach us through digital means.
If you are suffering from arthritis pain, schedule a video conferencing consultation with us. Contact us for inquiries or call us now at (727) 597-4787.
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