Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment & Compression Sleeves
If you’re one of the 53 million Americans suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, even routine tasks such as climbing the stairs or opening a jar may be painful, difficult obstacles. However, while many people simply accept chronic rheumatoid arthritis pain as “part of getting older”, there are steps you can take to help control it. In the following post we discuss how medical-grade neoprene compression sleeves can be part of an effective rheumatoid arthritis treatment that will reduce your discomfort and help you walk easy again.
What is arthritis?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis actually comprises over 100 diseases and conditions. Aside from rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis’ most frequent forms are psoriatic arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and gout. While much is still unknown about the causes of this painful and often debilitating disease, it known that it is caused by an abnormal response of the immune system.
In simplified terms, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and soreness in the joints. The hands, feet, and knees are the most commonly affected areas, with discomfort ranging from a mild aching sensation to severe, throbbing pain. Depending on where your are most affected, rheumatoid arthritis may affect your ability to walk, exercise, dress yourself, and go about your normal routine.
How a compression sleeve can help your rheumatoid arthritis
Wearing a neoprene compression sleeve is often an extremely effective rheumatoid arthritis treatment option. The firmness and warmth the sleeves provide can reduce inflammation and keep the joints warm and comfortable. Many individuals find that wearing a foot sleeve, knee sleeve, or leg sleeve helps to reduce their soreness and stiffness.
For arthritis sufferers who experience significant swelling of the joints, a leg compression sleeve is an excellent option to reduce swelling while providing maximum give and movement for the toes. Additionally, the improved circulation caused by the compression can prevent cold feet, another common symptom for arthritis sufferers.
What if I can’t put it on?
For those with swollen, arthritic hands, putting on a compression sleeve can be a challenge. Fortunately, however, there are many products designed to help rheumatoid arthritis sufferers with such tasks. We highly recommend researching different compression sleeve donning aids so that you can experience the relief of compression on your legs—without causing discomfort to your hands.
A rheumatoid arthritis treatment that works
While rheumatoid arthritis can drastically impact your life, chronic pain is not something you have to bear alone. We highly recommend investigating other common rheumatoid arthritis treatments, such as NSAIDs, DMARDS, and glucocorticoid treatments. Proper medical treatment, when combined with the warming relief of a compression sleeve, can help reduce your inflammation and help you to live a life free of pain. To see a list of our most successful products, click here.