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How can you protect your joints if you have rheumatoid arthritis?

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  • Use canes, special jar openers, and padded handles.
  • Make it easier to lift, carry, or bend. Use your bigger joints instead of your smaller ones. Use your whole arm to lift things, not just your hands and wrists.
  • Wear safety gear like knee and elbow pads or wrist guards when you play sports or do outdoor activities.
  • Put your joints through their full range of motion. Use slow, gentle movements.
  • Strengthen the muscles and ligaments around your joints. If you don't have a physical therapist, ask your doctor to help you find one.
  • Try to avoid putting on extra pounds, which puts pressure on your joints. Your doctor can tell you what your weight goal should be.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints" and "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea." Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Protect Your Joints."   National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 07, 2017

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints" and "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea." Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Protect Your Joints."   National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 07, 2017

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