Living with Arthritis

Dr. Katz joins Dr. Rodgers to tell listeners with arthritis that there are things they can do to feel better.

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DR. RODGERS: If you have arthritis, you don’t have to let joint discomfort and stiffness prevent you from doing the many things you enjoy.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, one of the directors at the NIH.

The good news is there are things you can do to help you feel better.

My colleague, Dr. Stephen Katz, director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at NIH, has some tips.

DR. KATZ: If you have arthritis, see your doctor regularly and share how you are feeling, and where you have the pain. Also,

  • Try to keep your weight down. Too much weight can make your knees and hips hurt.
  • Be physically active. Moving all of your joints will help. Ask your doctor what exercises are safe for you.
  • And take your medicines when and how you are supposed to. Medicines can help reduce pain and stiffness.

DR. RODGERS: For more information, follow us on Twitter @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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