Maybe you are waking up with pain in your hip or a stiffness in your knee when you get out of bed. Could these be signs of arthritis?

Pain in one or more of your joints is the classic symptom of arthritis. Arthritis is a general term for conditions that affect the joints or tissues around the joints. Other symptoms can include:

Stiffness that may occur after sitting for a while or sleeping.

Difficulty moving your joints as easily as you used to.

Swelling in the area around your joints.

Noises such as crunching or clicking from bone rubbing together.

Locking up of your joints, especially hips or knees.

The most common type of arthritis is called osteoarthritis and is caused by general aging. Over time the cartilage between the bones in our joints can get worn down from use and causes inflammation, pain and stiffness. While it can’t be cured, it can be effectively treated and managed.

Some effective remedies to slow the progression and treat symptoms include:

  • Aquatic exercises. Buoyancy from water helps support body weight, relieving pressure on the joints.
  • Weight loss. Losing weight can ease pressure on the joints, reducing pain and stiffness.
  • Hot and cold therapy. Heat boosts circulation to soothe, while cold reduces swelling and numbs pain.
  • Physical activity that is low-impact such as yoga and tai chi increase flexibility, muscle strength and balance.

Arthritis can be a real pain, but there is hope and these daily tips can help you manage the pain.