Friday, August 1, 2008

Health Tip: Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis

(HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the joints. Remedies may include lifestyle changes, medication and surgery designed to help control pain and minimize joint damage.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this list of possible treatments for rheumatoid arthritis:
  • Range-of-motion exercises and other exercise routines devised by a physical therapist can help prevent or delay joint damage.
  • Splints, braces and other supportive devices can help protect the joints.
  • Heat or cold treatments can help ease pain and inflammation.
  • Working with a physical therapist can help you learn how to protect your joints during daily activities and tasks, and how to use your joints when your arthritis is causing pain.
  • Getting at least eight hours sleep at night and taking frequent rests during strenuous activities are recommended to ease joint stress.

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