Psoriatic Arthritis : Tips For Managing
If you have psoriatic arthritis in your hands, you may have joint swelling.
Make an appointment to talk with your doctor about an exercise plan. Every one is different and there is no single exercise plan which will suit everyone. So ask your doctor to help you decide which exercise plan is best for YOU.
Let your doctor know if you have not exercised for a while or are uncertain what to do.
A few sessions of physical therapy may be helpful. Your doctor may write a prescription for physical therapy.
During physical therapy, your therapist will evaluate your movement to determine how the arthritis affects you and provide specific therapies and exercises that can help.
While no specific exercise is right for everyone, some types of exercise help many people who have psoriatic arthritis.
Yoga, tai chi, and joint-friendly water exercises have been found to be beneficial to many people and studies show that these exercises can help ease pain in your joints.
Quijong… I have found to be effective and as tai chi is a martial art in itself it can take many years to master. Qijogon on the other hand in a shorter space of time so check out for trainers in your area.
Walking, cycling, and training with lightweight dumbbells are other low cost options. Even if you have difficulty moving, exercise can help. Arthritis friendly exercise can:
Make your joints more flexible
Improve muscle tone
Boost your mood
Many organizations offer arthritis-friendly exercise classes. To find out whether such classes are available in your area, contact your local hospital, YMCA, fitness center, community center, and park district.
Rest when needed
When psoriatic arthritis flares, you need to rest your joints. Using the joints during a flare puts more stress on the joints. This can lead to lasting damage. Medicine and joint protection (braces, splints, and supports) may help ease joint stress.
Learn what aggravates your arthritis
People living with arthritis say that some activities, foods, and habits cause their arthritis to flare. Each time your psoriatic arthritis flares, make a note of what you were doing or eating. This may help you learn what triggers your psoriatic arthritis.
Find out your healthy weight. If you’re not at that weight, try to reach it
Maintaining a healthy weight helps to reduce joint pain and allows you to move with greater ease. You can quickly find out whether you have a healthy body weight by entering your height and weight on the following page:
Calculate your body mass index
If you exceed your healthy weight, which may be called your normal weight, be sure to visit the links on the above page. This information comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.