Senior man holds his hand, as he's suffering from arthritis pain. Read these tips from Bethesda to manage arthritis pain during the winter months.

How to Manage Arthritis During the Winter Months

Bethesda Health | January 25, 2018

For people living with arthritis, the winter months can often be the toughest time of the year.

Symptoms of arthritis, which include chronic pain, tenderness, stiffness, redness, and swelling of the joints, are unpleasant during any season. The symptoms worsen when the temperature drops to near or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there are ways to lessen your symptoms. Follow the tips below to manage arthritis during the winter months.

“It’s important for people to realize that arthritis doesn’t have to be ‘just part of getting older.’ There are lots of things you can do to relieve arthritis pain.”

Arthritis can present in any joint of the body. It often causes problems in the fingers, hips, knees, and spine, making it difficult for sufferers to perform daily tasks or simply get around.

Types of Arthritis

Ways to Manage Arthritis During the Winter

Although many seniors turn to medication for arthritis pain, there are other ways to manage arthritis in the winter months. “Many pain medications have side effects that can be avoided by integrating physical activity and therapy into a daily routine,” says Erin Wuerz, Senior Director of Therapy at Bethesda Dilworth. To control your arthritis symptoms this winter, try the following methods:

Seniors should stay in contact with their physician to monitor their arthritis, so the pain and damage the disease can cause doesn’t get out of control. Fortunately, new medications and treatments are in development, and physical therapy and massage treatments can increase flexibility and reduce pain without having to resort to medication. In many cases, the treatments may be covered by health insurance, depending on your plan and provider.

“There are a lot of ways that arthritis pain can be managed,” Erin says. “You just have to be smart in taking care of your joints, and make exercise and activity a priority to minimize your pain and optimize your health.”

Bethesda cares about helping seniors to live healthy and happy lives. Continue reading for more Senior Health & Wellness tips from Bethesda.

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