When you have
osteoarthritis, you may find it hard to do your daily
tasks. Your joints may ache or feel stiff, and they may hurt when you
move. You can do some things at
home to feel better.
Rest. If your
joints hurt a lot or are swollen, take a break. But try not to let too much
time pass before you get moving again. A lack of activity can cause your
muscles and joints to become weak. Getting enough sleep can help your mood and help you cope with pain. If you are having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor.
people may be reluctant to exercise when they have arthritis, but it can help
reduce pain and improve balance. Try exercises that don't put a lot of stress on your joints, such as
swimming, biking, walking, water exercises, and lifting light weights. And consider taking an exercise class designed for people who have arthritis. Many fitness clubs, community centers, and senior centers offer these classes. Be sure to talk to your doctor or physical
therapist about what kind of activity is best for you.