To avoid unnecessary joint strain and increased rheumatoid-arthritis pain, consider these tips, from The Mayo Clinic, for protecting your joints:
- Move each joint through its full pain-free range of motion at least once a day. This will help you maintain the active motion of your joints. The amount you’re able to move each joint without pain may vary from day to day. Take care not to overdo it. Keep movements slow and gentle. Forcing a motion past the point of a tolerable stretch can damage your joints.
- Learn to understand and respect your rheumatoidarthritis pain. Understand the difference between the general discomfort of rheumatoid arthritis and the pain from overusing a joint. By noting when an activity causes joint pain, you can then avoid repeating that movement or think of ways that you can modify the task. Pain that lasts more than an hour after an activity may indicate that the activity was too stressful. Remember that you’re more likely to damage your joints when they’re painful and swollen.