When the weather gets warmer, people start becoming more active outdoors by going on walks, spending time at the pool, or performing gardening and lawn tasks. Although beautiful weather encourages a higher level of activity, for many people, it often means fighting knee pain more than usual. Increasing activity levels for those with arthritis in the knees can cause inflammation and pain that make even the smallest of activities unenjoyable.
How can individuals with arthritis enjoy the warm summer weather?
- Focus on what you eat! Studies have shown that many delicious summer fruits and vegetables can help fight inflammation. Although eating better won’t cure your arthritis, it may help to prolong the inflammation in the knee! Focus on fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, red bell peppers, apricots, carrots, watermelon, summer squash, cherries, and tomatoes. These natural foods help to fight inflammation. And they’ll ensure you are receiving the right nutrients to strengthen your muscles, especially those around the knee!
- Stay hydrated! It can be so easy to forget about drinking water until your body starts to feel dehydrated. Those with arthritis need to be conscious of how much water they drink and make sure that they are consuming about 2.5 liters of water each day during the summer months.
- Focus on activities that won’t put a lot of pressure on the joints. Activities such as swimming are easier on the joints than walking and running. Be sure to focus on how your joints feel whilst swimming to make sure you aren’t overextending or overexerting.
- Talk with a professional! Don’t let your arthritis pain prevent you from spending time outside in the sunshine with the people you love. This summer, talk with a professional about how you can resolve your knee pain once and for all.
The team at Joint Regenomics focuses on reducing pain and improving the function of the knee. Our goal is to help individuals who are fighting knee pain achieve a more active lifestyle through a minimally invasive procedure that aims to treat the damage done by arthritis.
Is There A Better Way?
For more information about if stem cell therapy is right for you, contact Joint Regenomics. Stem cell therapy with platelet-rich plasma for OA of the knee is a treatment, not a cure. Stem cell therapy works in most but not all adults with OA of the knee in the middle stages of the disease. We do not recommend it for those with end-stage “bone on bone” disease, and insurance companies and Medicare do not cover our treatment or services. To find out more about our service call Kim Teasley at 404.574.2373 to schedule your consultation.