In the winter months, people with arthritis often experience an increase in pain and stiffness in their joints.
Inflammation and pain in the joints are frequent symptoms of arthritis. But in the winter months, people with arthritis often experience an increase in pain and stiffness in their joints. To know more about this problem, its management, and care, the OnlyMyHealth editorial team talked to Dr Mohd Bilal Ahmed, Occupational Therapist, Mot (Neurology), 1323 Gali Kar Khaney Wali Tilak Bazar, Delhi, 110006.
Inflammation and pain in the joints are frequent symptoms of arthritis. Most commonly, this condition can affect older adults; however, it can also occur to people of any age. There are two most common types of arthritis people suffer from, namely rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune ailment in which the immune system of the body works negatively and attacks the joints, whereas osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease brought on by wear and tear on the joints. Both kinds of arthritis can result in joint discomfort, stiffness, and swelling. Treatment for arthritis may include occupational therapy/physical therapy, medications, lifestyle modifications, and in some cases, joint replacement surgery.
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The following are the body parts that can be affected by arthritis:
In the winter months, people with arthritis often experience an increase in pain and stiffness in their joints. This is due to the cold weather making the joints more sensitive, as well as the decreased activity levels that are common during the winter months. Additionally, the air pressure changes that often accompany winter weather can cause the joints to swell and become more painful.
Dr Bilal recommends the following tips to manage arthritis during the winter.
Stay Active: It is important to stay active to manage arthritis during the winter season. Since weight plays an important role in arthritis, staying active will prevent any extra weight gain and prevent complications.
Wear Warm Cloth: Keep yourself warm to prevent the cold weather from impacting your bones and joints.Use A Humidifier: You can also use a humidifier to prevent the air from becoming too dry.
Medication: You can also use over-the-counter pain medications and topical creams after consulting your doctor.
Get Physical Therapy: Occupational therapy/physical therapy may also help to reduce inflammation and provide some relief from arthritis symptoms.
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"Living with arthritis can be made easier by making changes in your lifestyle," said Dr Bilal. "Change your routine to reduce joint discomfort. Working with an occupational therapist could be beneficial," he added. An OT is a medical professional who focuses on treating physical conditions like arthritis. According to Dr Bilal, an occupational therapist may recommend adaptive equipment such as opening jars and engaging in hobbies, sports, or other activities.
According to Dr Bilal, "If arthritis is left untreated, it can lead to many serious and possible long-term complications. These can include joint damage, weakness and loss of mobility, deformity, chronic pain, and even disability. Other complications may include depression, fatigue, and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke."
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