9 Ways To Reduce Your Arthritis Pain

A woman in a bowling league shirt rubbing her wrists at a bowling alley.(BlackDoctor.org) — The chronic pain of rheumatoid arthritis can have a major impact on daily activities. People experience inflammation and swelling that causes joint pain and stiffness, making it hard for them to move around, grip objects firmly, and perform many other everyday tasks.

So how can you get some relief?

Rheumatoid Arthritis 101

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system begins to attack the synovium, a thin layer of soft tissue inside joints that provides cushioning and lubrication. As the synovium degrades, joints begin to swell and lose their flexibility. People most often need rheumatoid arthritis pain relief for joints in the hand, spine, hips, knees, and wrists.

When thinking about rheumatoid arthritis pain relief, it’s helpful to break the pain down into three different classifications, says Nortin M. Hadler, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. These categories include: