How is Arthritis Diagnosed?
Diagnosing arthritis can sometimes be challenging, as there are many types of arthritis and the symptoms can vary from person to person. However, there are some tests and procedures that can be used to diagnose it. Some steps to diagnosing arthritis may include physical examinations to examine signs of swelling, tenderness and range of motion, analysis of medical history to look for incidence of injury or trauma to joints, scans to access any damage or inflammation, or blood tests.6
Exercising with Arthritis
When you are in pain, exercising can often be the last thing on your mind. However, staying as active as possible could help to reduce your pain and symptoms when done properly. A regular exercise routine can help you to improve your strength, help improve your balance, and help you to manage your weight. It is also proven to help improve your mental health. 7 It is important that you stay active to reduce the risk of your muscles and tissues becoming weaker. This could cause more joint pain issues in the future.8
Arthritis and Mental Health
Some people find that having arthritis effects their mental health. This most commonly manifests as depression or anxiety.18 If you feel that you are struggling, talking to someone you trust can make a big difference. This could be your GP, a friend, a family member or someone at Samaritans, Anxiety UK or Mind.
It is important to understand why you are feeling low or stressed, and talking to a therapist can be a great way to do that. A trained professional can help you unpack what is really going on in your mind, and remind you along the way that you are not alone.
Staying active with exercise can help to improve your mental health. Exercise has also been shown to benefit self-confidence and self-esteem.19
Vitamin D is often referred to as ‘the sunshine vitamin’ because when your skin is exposed to the sunshine, your body can produce it. Some studies have shown that vitamin D may help to improve mental health.20
Getting support for arthritis
If you have arthritis, it is important to remember that you are not alone and there is support available. Arthritis can be life changing, and you may need to adapt to a new way of performing everyday tasks, or make changes to your lifestyle, to help your condition.21
Some useful resources for arthritis sufferers include;
- NHS Living with arthritis https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/living-with/
- Arthritis Action UK https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/
- Versus Arthritis Helpline https://www.versusarthritis.org/get-help/
- Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/seeking-help-for-a-mental-health-problem/where-to-start/
Flarin 200mg soft capsules. Contain ibuprofen. Relief from joint and muscular pain, pain of nonserious arthritic conditions (caused by joint inflammation), back pain. Always read the label.