Plans for Valentine’s Day either happen well in advance or as a last-minute trip to the store for a gift. Depending on how the season runs, the weather may not be as kind to your joints as in warmer temperatures, too. This year, if chronic joint pain is an issue, take the time to love your problem areas so you can improve your quality of life beyond V-Day. Try these suggestions if they are not already part of your routine:
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: When you drink water, not only do you restore energy to your body but you help flush out the toxins that cause inflammation to the joints in your hands, legs, feet and elsewhere. Your joints stay lubricated and you will feel more inclined to activity. Keep a record of how much water you drink daily for a good gauge on the right amount for you.
Watch what you eat: Diet plays as much a role in healthy joints and reducing pain as exercise and other treatments. It’s important to learn which foods are inflammatory to you, and to eat as healthy as possible. (Bon Secours offers a full continuum of care that also includes a weight loss and management program, with dieticians to help with eating plans.)
Move when the moment strikes: Exercise helps to reduce stiffness, but some days you may need a little extra. If working remotely due to pandemic conditions has left you feeling confined, take time in the day to get out of your chair. Stretch, flex your problem joints, and pace a bit to get the blood pumping and the joints lubricated. Movement at any level can help.
Sit up straight: Over time, we may not pay attention to the way we sit or stand. Good posture is one key to healthy joints. When you sit properly in a chair, for example, you are likely to put less stress on your body, and in turn feel less pain.
When your arthritis or joint injury requires advanced treatment, the physicians at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are here to provide quality care. Contact us today with your questions and to learn more about our programs.