Arthritis can be a debilitating disease leaving you stiff, sore and in pain. There are many treatment options available for arthritis sufferers. Many people feel these are just the symptoms of getting older, but you can fight back. There are a few things you can do to loosen up those stiff joints, relieve the pain and ease the soreness. These can be done individually or together.
Things You Will Need
Fish oil, aspirin, ice, capsaicin,
1) Add fish oil to your diet. Fish oil helps to relieve stiff joints. Fish oil can be bought as a supplement at health food stores and natural pharmacies.
2) Take aspirin. Aspirin is very effective for relieving arthritis pain. Take a coated aspirin which will be gentler for your stomach. Do not take aspirin if you are allergic.
3) Crush 3 to 4 uncoated aspirin tablets add water to form a paste. Apply the paste directly to your sore joints for 15 to 20 minutes. The aspirin paste will help to relieve the swelling associated with arthritis. Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin.
4) Apply ice if you have been engaging in any activities which worsen your symptoms. Place a thin towel over the area before applying an ice pack. Apply ice as soon as possible after your activity to reduce the severity of swelling before it starts and lessen the pain before it strikes.
5) Use capsaicin in a cream or lotion form. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in hot peppers. Capsaicin blocks the brain from feeling the pain. Capsaicin creams and lotions are available in pharmacies.
6) Exercise to keep your stiff joints moving. Walking is a great exercise for arthritis sufferers.
7) Be sure to stretch daily with or without exercise. Stretching will help keep the range of motion in your joints.
8) Bee stings help to relieve arthritis pain. Use this method with extreme caution and under the care and supervision of your doctor. Never use this method if you are allergic to bee stings.
Try any and all of these alternative treatments under the guidance of your health care provider. Be sure to tell your doctor which methods you are planning on trying to be sure nothing will interact with your current medications or treatments. See which work best for you.