Learn How to Improve Your Arthritis Pain – May is National Arthritis Month
New York Rheumatologist, Oliver Kurucz, MD
New York Rheumatologist, Oliver Kurucz, MD with a practice in Pearl River and
Chief of Rheumatology at Nyack Hospital shares how to reduce arthritis pain.
Nyack, N.Y. April 29, 2014 - If you’re feeling pain in your fingers, knees, hips and spine, don’t just assume it’s a natural part of getting older. You may be experiencing symptoms of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. If your doctor diagnoses you with osteoarthritis, there are steps you can take to reduce the pain, including taking medication, exercising, managing your weight, getting enough rest and modifying your diet.
Signs of osteoarthritis include achy joints after physical work or exercise, and joint stiffness, especially when you first wake up or have been in the same position for a long time. Joint swelling is another common symptom. If you think you may have arthritis, see your doctor. In addition to a physical exam, you may require X-rays of your bones or joints, as well as blood tests to help your doctor rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.
Once you are diagnosed, your doctor can help you make a plan to manage your symptoms. This can include medications, exercise and lifestyle changes.
An exercise plan to manage arthritis symptoms often includes:
Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY. Founded in 1895, it is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has partnered with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine providing clinical rotations to third-year medical students. Its mission is to provide competent, innovative and accessible emergency and acute care services to the residents of Rockland County and surrounding areas.