Bhubaneswar: Arthritis is an inflammatory joint disorder, which affects the joint tissues and other connective tissues that causes joint pain and stiffness in muscles. There are more than 100 types of arthritis that exist. However, the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is due to the lack of awareness as well as support, arthritis and its related conditions have crippled much life around the globe.
On the occasion of World Arthritis Day, Swasthya Sambad had an exclusive conversation with Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Parida, Rheumatologist & Clinical Immunologist, Odisha Arthritis & Rheumatology Centre.
“Joint pain is a major matter of concern in all age groups in today’s day and age. Let me suggest you few self-care tips to manage joint pain due to arthritis. Firstly, one must include a well-balanced diet with plenty of anti-inflammatory food such as green leafy vegetables, berries, ginger, nuts, legumes, and fibre. It is also very necessary for an individual to prioritize Vitamin D and Calcium intake.
Another rule one muct follow to avoid joint pain is to maintain ideal weight. It is to be noted that carrying excess body weight adds stress to our joints, especially the weight-bearing joints. An individual must practice regular physical activity followed by low-impact exercises on a daily basis which includes running, swimming, walking, cycling etc.
On the other hand one must engage in yoga and meditation to help your muscles relax and should stop smoking as soon as possible,” said Dr. Parida
World Arthritis Day was established by Arthritis and Rheumatism International (ARI) and the first event was observed on 12 October, 1996. Since then, many global communities like Arthritis Foundation have joined the cause to raise awareness to fight the awareness gap, provide support and access to the communities, advocating for strong policies and supporting the research work.
This year, the World Arthritis Day Theme is “It’s in your hands, take action”, addressing the world population to join hands for this cause to make this event fruitful for those deprived of the support. The theme aims to encourage people with arthritis, their caregivers, families, and the general public to avail every opportunity to take action to improve their lifestyle.