Tips for Alleviating Chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Beverly Hills rheumatologist Dr. Susan Baker is highly skilled at providing patients the close attention and care they need to help overcome rheumatoid arthritis as much as possible. She takes a comprehensive approach to disease management and will work carefully with each patient to determine the best combination of treatment methods available for each patient’s needs and goals. Some alternative methods that can be incorporated into an effective rheumatoid arthritis treatment plan, in addition to medical care:

Gentle Exercise – The last thing patients with RA feel like doing, especially during a flare-up is exercise, but gentle movements, such as taking a walk or going for a bike ride can help keep the joints healthy and lubricated. Water aerobics has been found to be one of the most effective exercises for arthritis sufferers as the patients can avoid putting too much weight or strain on their joints while still gaining the benefits of movement.

Hot and Cold – A great treatment during flare-ups or after exercising is the use of hot or ice packs. Alternating the packs can help alleviate pain because the heat allows the muscles to relax while the cold reduces sensations.

Healthy Diet – While it is important for everyone to maintain a healthy diet in order to avoid becoming overweight or other health risks, patients with rheumatoid arthritis can find some pain relief with foods with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have been found to decrease inflammation and even decrease the joint stiffness, swelling, and pain. Coldwater fish, such as salmon, or fish oil supplements are a great source of this beneficial nutrient.

Massage – Similar to gentle exercise, regular joint massages can help keep the joint flexible and mobile while alleviating pain. A skilled physical therapist can help teach self-massage techniques that may be used in between sessions.

Prior to changing any daily routines or eating habits, it’s important to discuss arthritis treatment alternatives with your doctor to ensure that they are safe to incorporate. Your Los Angeles doctor will also be able to provide more insight on various treatment options to help you make an informed decision about pain management.

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At her Beverly Hills office, Dr. Susan Baker treats patients with a variety of rheumatological disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Although exercise and a proper diet can help patients manage the symptoms of their disorder, nothing can replace the expertise and knowledge of a doctor specializing in internal medicine and rheumatology.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, there are numerous ways to manage the symptoms. Contact Dr. Baker provide the solutions you or your loved one need. Call (310) 274-7770.

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