Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects many across the UK and it is a form of arthritis that can take a long time to develop. It generally occurs in the toes, fingers, knee, hips and the spine. It is essentially the loss of cartilage in the joint areas which in turn leads to the joints becoming painful and swollen. There are a number of ways in which you can help control symptoms.
Movement – you may be prescribed some physiotherapy to help your joints and this is particularly helpful during a flare up. Keeping yourself mobile and your joints moving is incredibly important and you should factor this into your day if you regularly sit at a desk for work. This includes taking part in regular exercise that helps to strengthen the muscles are the joints so that the muscles can take some of the strain away from the joints themselves.
Posture – your posture is important both when standing and sitting and you should ensure that your weight is evenly distributed across both your legs. Sitting correctly at your work desk will help to take some pressure off your lower back, neck and shoulder areas. You can find Next Day delivery desks that are designed specifically to make sure that you are sat in the optimum position whilst working.
Footwear – you can buy shoes that contain shock absorbers that help to reduce the impact that occurs on the weight bearing joints of the ankles, knees and hips.