If you have developed any forms of arthritis recently and have been worrying about how you are going to cope with the condition, try to bear in mind that there are many other people in your position and that help is always at hand.
As well as purchasing one of the sophisticated mobility aids such as rise and recline chairs or adjustable beds which have thankfully now become more affordable and widely available, there are several other forms of ‘self treatment’ which can be employed by people looking to get a head start on the effects of their condition at home. However, it is important to remember to be patient if trying any of the DIY methods you may have read about, and that regular consultation with a doctor is always highly recommended.
On the subject of talking with your GP, it is vital to keep in mind that what is right for your friend who has arthritis may not necessarily be right for you. The disease can come in more than 100 different forms, which obviously means that individual treatment can and should vary somewhat from person to person in order for the best results to be achieved. Trust and stick with the action plan that you and your doctor have decided upon.
Finally, be prepared to consider a range of treatment options when trying to combat or slow down the spread of arthritis. The fluid and complex nature of the disease means that many different approaches may work at different times; don’t be afraid to explore methods as diverse as physiotherapy, prescription drugs, holistic healing, and changes to your diet. If it could help you overcome or limit the condition, everything is worth looking into.