Don't Let Arthritis Stand in Your Way. Manage your Arthritis.

There are many ways you can take charge of your arthritis so you can live the life you want and keep doing the things you love.

  • Physical activity. Regular, moderate exercise, such as walking, swimming or riding a bicycle, can help people with arthritis feel less pain and improve function.
    • Regular, moderate exercise can help you:
      • Improve mood and feel more in control
      • Move more easily and do more activities with friends and loved ones
      • Decrease pain and manage your weight
      • Feel more energetic and positive about yourself
  • Self management education. Self management education programs can help you gain the skills and confidence you need to manage the day-to-day symptoms of arthritis.
    • Attending a self management program can help you:
      • Manage pain and fatigue
      • Improve your ability to set and meet goals
      • Reduce frustration and worry about your health
      • Improve your ability to talk with your doctor or health care provider
  • Watch your weight. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of knee osteoarthritis, or wear and tear on the joints, and delay the worsening of the disease. Weight loss programs that offer both exercise and information on eating a healthy diet are the most effective and result in significant improvements in pain and function.
  • Injury prevention. Joint injury can lead to osteoarthritis, a condition caused by wear and tear on the joints. People who experience sports or occupational injuries or have jobs with repetitive motions, like repeated knee bending, have more osteoarthritis. To reduce your risk of developing osteoarthritis, avoid joint injury by wearing the correct safety equipment when on the job and while playing sports. Try to do a variety of physical activities to reduce repetitive stress on joints.
  • See your doctor. If you have symptoms of arthritis, see your doctor to begin the treatment and management that's right for you.