Using Arthritis Therapy to Combat Pain and Discomfort

Just as there are many types of arthritis there are also many treatments. Some doctors will prescribe medications that will lessen the pain that arthritis sufferers are all too familiar with; other treatment regiments include ibuprofen and acetaminophen based medications which basically work by closing off the pain receptor in the brain for a short period time however the pain remains – you just don’t feel it until the medication wears off in a few hours.

There are also rounds of medications that can be taken and some arthritis sufferers find success in cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors, steroids, and anti-biologic medications. Some people opt to have surgery as an option and in some cases it is effective – however there is still no sure cure for arthritis – just ways to manage the pain and living with your arthritis is a matter of finding what works best for your individual needs.

More and more doctors are steering patients away from addictive pain killers and instead teaching their patients to be active in their own arthritis pain management and use physical therapy to combat the discomfort that arthritis can cause.

If you suffer discomfort when laying down or sitting, cushion where you lay or sit to give your body a little extra comfort. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.

Most arthritis cases will respond well to heat. Instead of the old hot water bottle wrapped in a towel or shirt, opt for a professional heat wrap that can be placed exactly where you need it and wrapped in place so it’s directly where you’re being affected by arthritis as well as staying comfortably in place. If you need extra support, take advantage of the supports, slings and wraps to cushion common problem areas that arthritis affects such as wrists, hands, shoulders and knees.

Use these tips and lessen your discomfort from arthritis and don’t let pain slow your life down any longer.