living with arthritis

If you have arthritis, carrying out simple everyday tasks can be difficult and sometimes painful. However, there are many people, services and products that can help you to manage your condition so that you can lead a healthy lifestyle.

Working with arthritis

Working part-time or full-time, will mean that those with arthritis can still support themselves financially at the same time as keeping busy. Improved treatment approaches have also enabled many people who have arthritis to still be able to work.

If you are finding work challenging, your employer should be able to provide you with the training and support you require.

When looking for work, try and weigh up the pros and cons of different working environments. This will allow you to consider the kind of role you want and the skills and experience that you can offer.

If your arthritis has caused you to stop working completely, help is still available for you. Find out more about the Personal Independence Payment.

Healthy Eating

By eating healthily, you will be able to get all the nutrients that you need to maintain a healthy weight which is very important if you have arthritis.

Your diet should consist of a variety of foods from all five food groups.

If you are overweight, losing weight could help to relieve any excess pressure on your joints, knees, ankles and feet that may be causing you pain and mobility issues.

Exercise

You may not feel like exercising with arthritis but living an active life can help reduce and prevent pain.

Carrying out regular exercise can also:

– improve your range of movement

– increase muscle strength

– boost your energy levels

What tips do you have for someone living with arthritis?