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How to manage joint pain during COVID-19 lockdown

In the times when our lives have turned upside down due to COVID-19, it becomes important especially for people having arthritis to take care of their health. Here are some ways in which how you can manage joint pain at home.

Shriya Bhasin Written by: Shriya Bhasin New Delhi Updated on: June 08, 2020 8:42 IST
How to manage joint pain during COVID-19 lockdown
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How to manage joint pain during COVID-19 lockdown

The ongoing COVID-19  lockdown has not only flipped upside down our emotional well-being but has also had an unforeseen impact on our physical one too, especially when it comes to mobility. Life has changed, earlier people could go about their chores, head to work, make time for a little exercise, catch-up with their friends and peers; they are now unable to do so. This has tremendously limited physical movement and set in lethargy. Lack of physical movement has a direct influence on your muscle mass which impacts your metabolism significantly; reduced metabolism leads to an increase in weight which further burdens our joints. Dr. Yatinder Kharbanda, Senior Consultant, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Apollo Hospital, Delhi shares what should be done at home to keep yourself fit.

Dr. Kharbanda says that there are two things that need to be taken care of-- exercise and eating habits. It is important to keep your weight in check as it will help in keeping your muscles and joints fit. Exercise can be done at home several times a day. It helps in creating a movement in your body.  Pay close attention to your posture - Do not slump; while bending, avoid bending from the waist, make sure to gradually straighten from the knees. It is important that you take care of your posture while reading books, watching television, using a mobile phone, or working on a computer. You should always sit on a chair and perform these activities. They should not be done while laying down because it decreases the circulation of blood in the body and has a negative effect on your posture.

Easy exercises like yoga can be performed. You can even use machines like treadmill, exercise cycle at home but those who experience pain while getting up due to arthritis should avoid doing the same and practice yoga.  People who experience back pain occur due to posture defects can do two things-- yoga and stretching as they will help you in strengthening the muscles and joints. Avoid lifting heavyweights. For people who are suffering from cervical spondylosis, always take care of your neck. You should always keep moving their neck to create movement and preventing your muscles from getting jammed.

In exercise, stretching and keeping your muscles strong is very important. Start the exercise of your neck first, move down to shoulder, elbows, wrists, hands, and then fingers. In legs start it with hips, knee, and then foot. You should end it with breathing and stomach exercises. Exercising should be done in a limit that you can handle. Avoid doing those which cause you pain. 

It is also important to consume a wholesome diet that is beneficial to the muscles and improves bone health. Avoid eating oily food, carbohydrates, sweets, spices, aerated drinks. Drink a lot of water, eat fruits, and nuts. These things will help you stay healthy at home.

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