Learn as much as you can about the disease. Investigate patient education programs, arthritis self-management programs, and arthritis support groups.
Check out our useful links for help locating programs near you.
Avoid excess stress on your joints.
Regular physical activity is key. Consult with your health care provider before beginning any exercise program.
There are 3 types of exercise that are important for people with osteoarthritis of the knee:
Reduce stress. A warm bath before bed can relieve muscle tension, ease aching joints, and help you get a good night’s sleep.
Find a certified massage therapist and treat yourself. The benefits of massage may include decreased pain and increased circulation, energy, and flexibility. (And it feels great, too!)
Eating well and controlling your weight can relieve stress on your knees. It can also lower your risk of developing other health problems.
Sleep can lessen pain and help you cope better with your osteoarthritis.
Tips to help improve your sleep include:
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