Article written in collaboration with Familiprix and the manufacturer of TYLENOL®.
Arthritis affects many people. In fact, approximately 6 million Canadians1 suffer from arthritis. This chronic disease is characterized by joint pain and inflammation, limiting movement. There are several types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis is the most common form. If you suffer from joint pain, there are solutions to help you.
The symptoms of osteoarthritis
Although every joint in the body is susceptible to osteoarthritis over time, the hips, knees, spine and hands2 are often the most affected. Age, obesity, trauma and genetics are risk factors associated with osteoarthritis. The main symptoms of osteoarthritis3, also called "degenerative joint disease" or "wear and tear arthritis," are as follows:
- Morning stiffness (lasting 30 minutes or less)
- Constant or intermittent joint pain
- An inability to move a joint normally
- Weakness in the joint
Symptoms other than those listed above may appear. See a doctor promptly if you think you have osteoarthritis.
Protection for the joints
A few simple everyday actions4 help protect joints and play a role in preventing osteoarthritis. For example:
- Listen to your body and stop the activity when you feel pain.
- Change tasks regularly and alternate between heavy and light tasks. Take breaks to rest.
- Use the strongest joints to carry heavy objects (e.g., carrying a purse on your shoulder rather than holding it with your fingers).
- Move or walk regularly to avoid staying in one position for too long.
- Exercise (consult a physician beforehand for a suitable exercise plan).
Temporary pain relief
Some simple and easy-to-use methods can be used to relieve pain. These may differ from person to person, but the goal is temporarily alleviating the pain.
Hot and cold therapy
- Heat helps relax muscles. There are various heat sources: a heating blanket or heating pad, hot water bottle, hot shower or bath, hot wrap, hot towel, a whirlpool, heated pool, paraffin wax, etc.
- Cold helps to numb the designated area. Various means are available, such as a cold-water compress, a small block of ice or ice cubes covered with a cloth, bag of frozen vegetables, bag of ice, ice pack, etc.5
- Strengthening exercises: Leg lifts and chair squats help strengthen joint muscles.
- Stretching exercises: Stretching the hamstrings, calves and quadriceps restores joint flexibility and improves range of motion.
- Cardiovascular activities: Activities, such as walking and water aerobics, have a positive effect on heart health, endurance and achieving a healthy weight.
Eating healthy food
- Avoid certain foods6: Some foods cause inflammation and should be reduced or eliminated from the diet as much as possible. These include dairy products, eggs, citrus fruits, nuts, wheat, caffeine, alcohol, etc.
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D contributes to bone health and reduces inflammation. It is found in large amounts in fatty fish, including salmon, tuna and mackerel7.
- Anti-inflammatory foods: Whole foods have anti-inflammatory properties, unlike processed foods8.
- Plant-based diet: A vegetarian diet is recommended, as it is low in fat but high in fibre, contributing to maintaining a healthy weight and minimizing inflammation9.
Long-lasting pain relief
TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain is a fast and effective solution. Recommended as a first-line treatment, this product is gentle on the stomach and is effective for up to 8 hours. This product is also suitable for children 12 years and older as well as adults.
Talk to your healthcare professional to determine if TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain is right for you.
9- Bianchi VE. Weight loss is a critical factor to reduce inflammation. Clin Nutr ESPEN. 2018;28:21-35. doi:10.1016/j.clnesp.2018.08.007