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3 Simple Ways to Manage Hand Osteoarthritis

Hand osteoarthritis can hinder routine life. It keeps you from performing normal activities such as opening a jar or a can, kneading dough, plowing grass, and even using a laptop or cellphone.

When the joints in your hands become arthritic, they grow weaker, more painful, and stiffer. Fortunately, people with hand osteoarthritis aren’t destined to live a painful and difficult life. There are many things they can do to manage their condition.

In this blog post, we’ve discussed the most effective and simplest tips for coping with hand osteoarthritis.

Eliminate Inflammatory Food Items From Your Diet

Seniors who have hand arthritis also have more inflammation in the rest of their bodies. Excess inflammation can make arthritis pain even worse. Therefore, it’s recommended to reduce, or if possible, eliminate food items from your diet that contribute to inflammation.

An anti-inflammatory diet is high on vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, such as quinoa seeds, rice, wheat, and barley. Steer clear of food items with high sugar and fat content, processed food with preservative and artificial additives, and fried food items.

Regular Hand Exercise

While exercising, focus on the movement of your hands if you struggle with hand osteoarthritis. Here are some hand exercises you can perform to maintain your hands’ strength and flexibility.

· Place your hand in a natural position with an open palm. Then touch the tip of your thumb on the base of your pinky finger. Move your thumb to the natural position after a few seconds. Repeat ten times on both hands.

· Extend your arms in front of you, so that your hands are in the air, in an open position.