Relieve wrist pain from rheumatoid arthritis by avoiding these 4 types of food
Rheumatoid arthritis causes swelling and stiffness in the joints, usually affecting the hands, feet and wrists. Sufferers of the condition can often experience flare-ups during certain periods, which worsens the symptoms.
Consider taking these trigger foods off your diet to relieve wrist pain and inflammation:
- Processed foods such as cookies, chips and other snacks can be high in unhealthy fats, which are linked with inflammation.
- Instead, you should replace these goodies with fresh fruit.
- Canned foods, such as vegetables and soups, are often high in sodium, which boosts blood pressure, so you should look for low sodium options, or go with fresh or frozen vegetables.
- Processed food also often contains omega-6 fatty acids, which if consumed more than omega-3, raises the risk of joint inflammation.
- Omega-6 fatty acids are also found in corn, sunflower, safflower and soybean oils.
- Excess salt causes fluid retention, which can lead to high blood pressure, while corticosteroids – often used to treat rheumatoid arthritis – can cause the body to retain more sodium.
- Resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, may have anti-inflammatory effects.
- However, people with rheumatoid arthritis should limit alcoholic drinks, especially when they are taking medications like methotrexate, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Grilled and fried foods
- Foods which have been grilled and fried at a high temperature, such as hamburgers, chicken or other meats, can also raise the amount of advanced glycation end products (AGE) in the blood.
- No direct link between AGEs and arthritis has been identified, but high levels of AGEs have been detected in people with inflammation.
“The bottom line when considering nutrition and rheumatoid arthritis is to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet,” said the Arthritis Foundation.
5 hand exercises to ease painful joints caused by arthritis
If you have arthritis of the hands, fingers or wrists, the following exercises could be beneficial to help you move the joints normally and relieve wrist pain.
Make sure you stop the exercises if they make your symptoms worse or cause new pain.
Check out the link below for instructions to these exercises.
Treatment for a broken wrist
The most common wrist fracture is the break at the end of the radius bone. This is often referred to as a “distal radius fracture”. A broken wrist will cause pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving the wrist. More severe fractures can result in a deformity of the arm, or tingling in the fingers.
If the fracture is displaced, meaning the bone it not well lined up, a “reduction” may be needed to set the bone. Typically, a local anesthetic (lidocaine) is injected near the fracture, and the hand and wrist are manipulated to improve the alignment of the wrist.
Sometimes, in more severe fractures, surgery may be recommended. The surgery needed depends on the age of the patient and the fracture.
What is a ganglion cyst?
Ganglion cysts are noncancerous lumps that most commonly develop along the tendons or joints of your wrists or hands. Ganglion cysts are typically round or oval and are filled with a jellylike fluid. They can be painful if they press on a nearby nerve. Their location can sometimes interfere with joint movement.
If your ganglion cyst is causing you problems, your doctor may suggest trying to drain the cyst with a needle. Removing the cyst surgically to relieve wrist pain also is an option. But if you have no symptoms, no treatment is necessary. In many cases, the cysts go away on their own.
Tips to warm-up your wrists and fingers for climbing
Most climbers know better than just to jump on their project cold. A thorough warm-up increases blood flow, muscle flexibility, and body control. In climbing, a complete warm-up includes four components, best performed in succession: Increase blood flow, improve mobility, target stability, and begin climbing.
After you complete the first three steps of your warm-up, begin climbing gradually, with “high volume/low intensity,” and progress into “low volume/high intensity”—this lets the muscles, tendons, and nervous system adapt to the progressive demands of climbing harder.