If you’ve recently been diagnosed with arthritis, you’re joining a group that’s 24% (58.5million) of all US adults. Regardless of how common it is, if you’re like most people, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to expect.
When detected early, the symptoms can be managed, and degenerative progression slowed. That’s why it’s best to take action as soon as possible.
No matter how far your arthritis has progressed, here are a few tips to help you find the best treatments for your particular type and stage of arthritis:
1 | Learn about your particular type of arthritis.
A good place to start is with the top authorities on arthritis disease, diagnosis, and prevention. This may sound obvious, but it’s easy to get lost in a sea of misinformation. That’s why we recommend you begin with a basic overview from top medical research and reporting institutions. Here are three sources trusted by leading health professionals:
The Mayo Clinic – Arthritis – Well organized overview of diagnosis and treatment that’s easy to navigate without getting lost.
The Arthritis Foundation – Great newsletter to sign up for and keep up to date on arthritis news that’s useful and easy to understand.
The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – A CDC resource that has great information about arthritis disease, self-management, and other free programs.
Knowing what type of arthritis you have will help you find the best information for your condition. If you’re unsure, these sources will help you prepare questions for your doctor or physical therapist.
2 | Carefully consider your treatment options.
All forms of arthritis involve joint inflammation. Common types of arthritis are Psoriatic, Osteoarthritis, and Rheumatoid.
Inflammation associated with arthritis can cause joint deformity. Most arthritis experts, rheumatologists, and physical therapists recommend that you start therapeutic exercises, and, when indicated, medication as soon as possible. Anti-inflammatories and immune system medications can significantly slow the progression of the illness.
3| Remain positive and make lifestyle adjustments.
After diagnosis, you will be living with arthritis as a chronic condition. As a result, you will feel your best with a proper diet and exercise regimen – a big change for most people! In addition, visit your care team regularly (primary care physician, rheumatologist, physical therapist, and other specialists for your unique condition).
The team at Optimum Wellness Centers is your partner in long-term arthritis care and management. Schedule your assessment today.