There are a number of things you can do to manage your arthritis. The daily things you choose to do to manage your arthritis and stay healthy are called “self-management” activities. If you practice these activities, you can reduce your symptoms and get relief from pain and stiffness so you can do the things that are important to you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), learning strategies to better manage your arthritis can help you to:
- Feel more in control of your health.
- Manage pain and other symptoms.
- Carry out daily activities, like going to work and spending time with loved ones.
- Reduce stress.
- Improve your mood.
- Communicate better with your healthcare provider(s) about your care.
For more ideas on how to manage your arthritis, see the CDC Strive for Five. For more information and tips for physical activity, visit Healthy Communities: Wellness Across the Lifespan.
For more information about arthritis conditions, and their management:
- VDH’s Self-Management Programs
- Arthritis Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Osteoarthritis Action Alliance
- Self-Management Resource Center
Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion