IF your joints are giving you problem of late, it's time to take care of yourself. Here're five easy tips:
1 Read symptoms: If you have pain, stiffness or swelling in or around a joint for more than two weeks, it’s time to see your doctor.
2 Protect your joints: Avoid excess stress on your joints. Assisting devices can make tasks easier.
3 Organise yourself: Exercise helps lessen pain, increases range of movement and reduces fatigue. A well-rounded workout routine includes flexibility exercises to increase range of motion and aerobic exercises to improve endurance, and strengthening exercises to improve muscle fitness.
4 Weight watch: Lose weight. You won’t just look better, you’ll feel better, too. Why? Every extra pound you carry around translates to added stress to your knees and hips. Excess weight can mean more pain in your joints.
5 Quit smoking: Smoking can increase your risk of developing psoriasis and can predispose you to osteoporosis. Also, if you have to undergo joint surgery, smoking can prolong your recovery. Arthritis drugs can also be less effective for smokers and can contribute to sleep problems.
HTC (With inputs from Dr. Raju Vaishya Indraprastha Apollo Hospital)