For individuals who suffer from pain due to osteoarthritis, there are four ways to adjust your lifestyle that can make a difference.
- Reduce stress and get plenty of sleep.
- One study found that “people ages 50 and older who got 6 or fewer hours of sleep each night were 20 percent more likely to be diagnosed with OA than those who got between 7-8 hours of sleep. They were also ~30% more likely to experience significant joint pain.”
- Be mindful of your weight
- Even being just 5-10 pounds lighter can help with your pain and mobility. One study found that patients who lost more than 7.5% of their body weight were less likely to require a total knee replacement compared to people who didn’t lose weight or gained weight.
- Try more plant-based foods
- A study in the Journal Complimentary Therapies in Medicine found that people who ate plant-based for eight weeks “reported significant improvements in MSK pain—even if they didn’t lose weight.”
- Focus on getting the proper exercise
- One orthopedic surgeon’s opinion is that “exercise—including physical therapy—is the most important nonsurgical treatment out there to treat osteoarthritis.” This includes aerobics, strength training, and flexibility exercises.