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Does Arthritis Get Progressively Worse?

Almost 54 million Americans have arthritis, and the problem continues to grow. Although you can’t reverse this condition that causes joint inflammation and pain, you can slow its progression and manage your symptoms.

At Crescent City Orthopedics in Metairie, Chalmette, or Covington, Louisiana, we’re a team of arthritis specialists who have the expertise to diagnose and treat your condition. We also give guidance on what you can do on your own to improve your health.

Let’s first talk about how arthritis might appear.

Symptoms of arthritis

Many types of arthritis exist, but the overall symptoms are the same. Your joints can experience:

Did you know that you can help manage your symptoms? We have a few suggestions that can help combat your arthritis.

At-home remedies

Your actions can play a massive role in the management of your arthritis. We encourage you to:

Maintain a healthy weight

When you’re overweight, the additional pounds put extra pressure on the joints in your hips, knees, and feet. Losing weight and keeping it within a healthy range can reduce the stress on your joints, relieve your pain, improve your movement, and prevent additional damage to your joints in the future.

Eat a healthy diet

A diet rich in antioxidants can eliminate free radicals from your body and help reduce inflammation. Stay away from processed foods, and focus on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole foods to give your immune system an overhaul. If you have other health conditions, your dietary choices can have a positive effect on them, as well.

Exercise routinely

Moving your body every day can keep your joints flexible, your muscles strong, and your weight managed. Add routine low-impact exercises to your life, like walking, riding your bike, swimming, or water aerobics. 

Use hot and cold compresses

Hot compresses can warm up your joints and help them move easier, taking away stiffness. Heat your joints using an electric blanket or taking a warm bath or shower.

Cold compresses can reduce pain and swelling. Put a frozen bag of peas on the targeted area, or put ice in a washcloth and apply it to your joints.

If you still have ongoing symptoms of arthritis without experiencing any improvement, we can help.

Medical remedies

Our treatment recommendations include physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, and steroid injections.

If conservative remedies don’t bring relief, our team of orthopedic surgeons can advise on your need for surgery to repair or replace your cartilage.

If you have arthritis, contact our team of specialists today by calling or booking your appointment online. We can also help set up a telemedicine appointment if that’s more convenient for you.

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