Try Exercise, Diet Changes, Stress Reduction to Fight Arthritis Pain

by Bob Curley on September 15, 2012

Arthritis is the bane of older athletes (and people in middle age and beyond generally), but taking expensive prescription drugs that come with a long list of possible side-effects isn’t your only option for controlling arthritis pain.

FoxNews reported Sept. 10 that Manny Alvarez, M.D., recommends regular exercise to relieve pain and arthritis inflammation, including range-of-motion, strength-training, and aerobic exercise. A healthy diet also can help; choose a variety of foods including vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Consume fat, cholesterol, sugar, salt, and alcohol in moderation. And take vitamin supplements with minerals (especially calcium) daily.

Ginger and willow bark may be effective alternatives to pain pills, according to the American College of Rheumatology, while chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine may be effective when used in combination with other pain medication. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, may reduce pain and joint tenderness.

Hot and cold compresses placed on aching joints can provide relief, and minimizing the stress in your  life can reduce muscle tension along with feelings of pain and fatigue.