Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis impact your immune system causing your body to attack itself. These conditions will often cause pain, stiffness and loss of function in joints. As these conditions progress, they may become more and more debilitating and leave you suffering from irreversible damage. They may also make it more and more difficult to be active. This inactivity leads to further damage as the muscles get weaker and provide less support for already sensitive joints.
If you have been diagnosed with a rheumatic condition, it does not have to mean the end of your active life. There are many ways you can avoid further damage to your joints including:
Avoiding repetitive actions – actions such as texting all the time may wear on your joints. If you must do something repetitively, take small breaks frequently.
Just getting up – while exercise is great, even getting up and moving around is a great start to feeling better. Don’t sit for too long. If you work at a desk, just get up and walk around fairly frequently.
Not skipping medications – it is easy to become complacent with conditions which “flare up.” If you are feeling relief, don’t stop taking your medication unless you are directed to by your rheumatologist. Stopping your medication could allow the pain to return.
Staying positive – a positive attitude is often the first step to healing.
Rheumatologist Okemos MI
The Arthritis Institute of Michigan is located in Brighton MI. Only 40 miles from Okemos, we are accepting new patients. Many of our patients come from Okemos and throughout the area to get help with a variety of rheumatic conditions. Whether you are suffering from osteoarthritis, gout, lupus or any rheumatic condition, we are here to help you. Take your life back and reduce your symptoms with help from the doctors of the Arthritis Institute of Michigan. To make an appointment, fill out the form below or simply call us at 1.810.225.7553.