DOCTOR ARTHRITIS ANSWERS ALL YOUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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About Compression Therapy

What makes Doctor Arthritis different from its competitors? It’s our dedication to make sure that our products actually make a difference in the lives of our customers.  As doctors, we have seen the impact these musculoskeletal conditions have first hand among our patients, which is why our goal is to help as many as possible treat the symptoms in a way that doesn’t cause any other damage to the body.

For the past years we have developed a series of compression products designed to help patients suffering from arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions to improve their lifestyle. Our collection essentially offers an efficient, non-invasive solution for relieving joint and muscular pain in the hands, elbows, knees, ankles, feet and calves.

That said, we also make it a point to make sure our customers learn about the real benefits of our products. At the end of the day, this is what empowers them to make the right decisions when it comes to their health.

Let’s start with—

Q: Do I really need compression sleeves/ products?

If your limbs or joints suffer from aches and pains, tiredness, or swelling, compression therapy can certainly help. It doesn’t matter if these symptoms are felt due to a pre-existing condition or because of overexertion, the gradual compression that sleeves offer help improve blood flow to the affected area to manage the said symptoms.

Q: What do compression sleeves do?

Compression sleeves and garments deliver gentle pressure to the tissue of the affected area. This compression helps remove excess fluid that causes swelling, and helps with blood flow and circulation. These ultimately aid in reducing aches, pains and that heavy, tired feeling on joints.

Q: Is there any reason why someone SHOULD NOT wear compression garments?

Compression garments and sleeves are generally very safe to use. But when in doubt, you can always consult a trusted physician or get in touch with us to make sure. Keep in mind that there are certain conditions such as uncontrolled congestive heart failure, ischemia, skin infections, allergies and immobility that might prevent people from using compression garments.

Q: Are they supposed to be hard to put on?

Not necessarily. They are meant to be tight because the sleeves and gloves are meant to deliver a certain amount of pressure, but the circumference of the garment, especially its edges, are not supposed to dig into the skin. It should also definitely not diminish your ability to move the affected limb.

Q: What does the copper do?

We infuse our products with copper because of its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. With daily and constant use, we wanted to be able to provide an easily solution that will allow you to use our products consistently.

Q: Can I layer my compression garments?

That depends. In a lot of cases, wearing one sleeve or glove on top of the other is recommended following physician advice. While it does offer additional compression, it is important that you consult your doctor before you do.

Q: How long before I see or feel the benefits and results?

This will vary from person to person. Some notice a significant improvement in their symptoms within a few hours from wearing their product. Others see a gradual improvement through consistent use across several weeks.

We recommend wearing the products as often as you can during hours when you are awake. If you’d like to wear them while you sleep, please consult with your physician.

Q: How long do compression products last and how do I care for them?

Our products are in fact, machine washable (cold water and gentle cycle). But to extend the life of our products, hand washing them is also a good idea. Remove excess water, reshape and lay flat to dry is best. Avoid putting it in the dryer as the heat can damage the delicate fabric.

Q: Are there side effects I should be wary of?

Side effects are rare, but if you do notice symptoms such as itching or rashes, be sure to discontinue use immediately and consult with your doctor.

If you have additional questions that you’d like answered that you couldn’t find on this list, leave us a comment below and we’ll try to answer them as soon as possible.

To check out our line of compression sleeves visit our Amazon link and browse through our entire selection.

You may also visit our website at https://www.doctorarthritis.org and get an exclusive, limited-time only discount. Use the coupon code*: 25PROFF to get 25% off your purchase.

For questions, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below, or email us at enquiry@doctorarthritis.org. You may also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/doctorarthritis or view our YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVRAgAy847uyV8BMdynZZXg.

DR. ARTHRITIS ANSWERS: DOES STRESS MAKE ARTHRITIS WORSE?

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Can stress affect arthritis?

Yes.

While everyone will have varying tolerance for stress, constant anxiety, tension, strain and pressure will of course contribute to symptoms you’re already experiencing.

Stress increases muscle tension, which ultimately lead to increased discomfort and pain in people who suffer from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. And while you can’t necessarily avoid stress completely, there are things you can do to manage stress and minimize them.

Change your point of view

For a lot of arthritis sufferers, the most common cause of their stress is their condition itself. When you’re unable to enjoy the things you used to because of arthritis pain, it can take its toll on your patience and self-esteem. Certain lifestyle changes, including changes in diet, and relying on other for assistance can also take a mental toll.

All these however don’t necessarily mean that your condition is hopeless. It’s important to try to change negative patterns of thinking to manage stress. Family and friends are more than willing to create a support system that will put your condition and feelings into consideration. In addition, while living with arthritis may be challenging, it’s not impossible. Keep in mind that there are ways and tools to make sure that you are able to manage your condition in the best way possible.

Take a break

Regardless of what’s causing your stress, managing it means taking a step back and pausing. Take a vacation if possible, or set aside a few minutes of each day for yourself to clear your head.

Learn your triggers

Understanding what instances and situations cause your stress is one of the best ways to handle it. Recognizing what triggers it means you can consciously try to avoid these situations in the future.

Incorporate exercise in your daily routine

It may seem like living with arthritis limits your physical activities, but exercise can actually lend itself not only to improving your condition, but also create a more long-term impact on your overall well-being.

Maintain a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you manage your weight, which has been known help manage the discomfort caused by arthritis. Maintaining healthy weight means putting less pressure on your load-bearing joints, which can significantly alleviate symptoms of arthritis.

Ask for help

This may be difficult for people who are so used to living life independently. But keep in mind that asking for help or using assistive devices are only meant to maintain and improve your quality of life, not make it worse. So don’t shy away from people willing to lend a hand, or from using assistive devices like compression garments or walkers—they will ultimately make your life easier.

It’s important to keep in mind that dealing with chronic pain means you will have to make some long-term lifestyle changes. Not just in terms of managing your physical symptoms, but the mental and emotional toll it will take on your body.

If you want to try using compression sleeves to manage arthritis,  contact us today or visit our Amazon link to browse through our entire selection of compression sleeves, braces and straps designed to help manage your joints.

You may also visit our website at https://www.doctorarthritis.org and get an exclusive, limited-time only discount. Use the coupon code*: 25PROFF to get 25% off your purchase

For questions, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below, or email us at enquiry@doctorarthritis.org. You may also visit our Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/doctorarthritis or view our YouTube page athttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVRAgAy847uyV8BMdynZZXg.

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ASK DR. ARTHRITIS: CAN I WEAR COMPRESSION SLEEVES WHILE PREGNANT?

Compression therapy has a lot of benefits for chronic pain sufferers, frequent travellers and athletes. But what about for those who are pregnant? Can pregnant women still reap the benefits of graduated pressure? Can pressure from the sleeves harm the fetus?The simple answer is, no. Compression garments, specifically socks or stockings, are generally safe. It’s an easy, non-invasive way to reduce risk of developing varicose veins and lowering your risk of blood clots.That said, there are a few guidelines that pregnant women should keep in mind. Take a look at some of the frequently asked questions women have about wearing compression sleeves during pregnancy.

How long can I wear my arthritis compression socks?

This will largely depend on your reason for wearing the socks to begin with. If you’re at a normal weight, follow a generally active lifestyle that allows you to walk and move around regularly, then you might not really need to wear compression socks for reasons other than providing additional support.But if you are overweight, or you have a job that requires you to stand for extended periods of time, then wearing them throughout the day to ensure efficient blood circulation will be very helpful. It’s also a good idea to wear them if you’re a pregnant woman planning to take a long haul flight to bring down the risk of deep vein thrombosis.Unless otherwise advised by your physician, compression garments should be worn all day and removed before going to bed since movement is essential to helping the compression garment facilitate efficient blood flow.

Can I sleep with my leg compression sleeves on?

It’s important that you consult a trusted physician for this one.Generally, it’s safe to let people sleep with light compression on, but if you have symptoms of arterial insufficiency, or if you’re pregnant, it’s always better to seek the help and advise of a professional.Once given the go signal from your doctor, know that the foot compression sleeve will help bringing down the swelling on your legs, which are common among pregnant women.Take note, if you feel numbness, tingling and foot pain while wearing the compression sleeves while lying down, take it off immediately.  This could be a sign that there’s too much pressure on your arteries and nerves.

Is it normal that my leg hurts and is more swollen when I wear compression socks?

No. It’s likely that you’re wearing a foot or ankle sleeve that’s way too tight. Remember that compression garments are there to make your tired, aching feet and ankles feel better—not worse.

I experience itching on my legs after taking off the compression sleeves. Is this normal?

Usually this depends on the conditions surrounding the use of the compression sleeve. Do you live in a warm climate where your legs are likely to perspire a lot when you wear compression garments? This can be remedied by sprinkling talcum powder on your legs before wearing them.This may also be caused by the material of the compression garment. So be sure to choose from a trusted brand who use only high quality materials .

Is it better to use calf compression sleeves? Or shorter, ankle sleeves or foot compression sleeves?

This completely depends on what you need the compression sleeves for. For most pregnant women, over-the-counter ankle sleeves already provide enough support. But depending on the nature of your daily activities or other pre-existing conditions, then a calf compression sleeve may be more useful.Talk to your physician to find out which one is best for you.A lot of pregnant women experience marked relief from vein-related discomfort caused by their pregnancy soon after delivery. So in a lot of cases, compression garments only have to be worn a few weeks after they give birth. While pregnant however, there are a lot of anecdotal evidence that shows how it helps manage swelling and provide support to make daily activities easier.To browse options for knee, leg, and ankle support, browse through our arthritis compression shop and check out our selection of sleeves and braces. All our products also come with a booklet with a detailed series of exercises designed to maintain joint health.Get an exclusive, limited-time only discount. Use the coupon code*: 25PROFF to get 25% off your purchase!For questions, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below, or email us at enquiry@doctorarthritis.org. You may also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/doctorarthritis or view our YouTube page athttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVRAgAy847uyV8BMdynZZXg.*coupon code is applicable only for website purchases.

ADVICE FROM DR. ARTHRITIS: PRACTICAL TIPS TO MAKE LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS EASIER

How does arthritis affect your life?

If you suffer from this condition, you know that it can affect your life in more ways than one. Daily tasks become harder and take longer to accomplish. You don’t have to deal with just chronic pain, arthritis can also change the shape of your joints and affect the quality of your skin. It’s a condition that takes physical as well as psychological and emotional toll.

Arthritis can be challenging, but it’s not impossible to manage. And in our years of treating and helping our patients manage this condition, we’ve managed to collect a lot of anecdotal tips on the best ways you can adjust your daily habits to make your arthritis more manageable.

Here are some of the most useful ones that you should take note of:

  • Maintain good posture. Having poor posture puts a lot of stress on your neck, hips, back, and knees. This just makes you more tired and adds to your pain.
  • When standing, hold your shoulders back and stand with your feet about a foot apart to keep good balance. Standing like this keeps pain at bay. If standing becomes too painful, lean against a wall or put your feet up.
  • While sitting, make sure your spine is properly supported. Use pillows or a rolled up towel to add lower back support.
  • While lying down, a cervical pillow or a small roll can help support you neck.
  • Avoid placing pillows under your knees.
  • A body pillow can support your arms and legs when you’re lying down on your side.
  • Try to distribute your weight across your larger, stronger joints. For instance, if you carry a purse daily, opt for one with a shoulder strap, instead of clutch. When you lift things, use the palms of your hand instead of your fingers.
  • When climbing stairs, be sure to take the first step using your stronger leg first when going up. Be sure to use a handrail whenever possible.
  • When lifting things, be sure to carry it close to your body so that it puts less stress on your body.
  • Stretch and relax muscles and joints as often as possible to avoid stiffness and pain.
  • Keep your back straight and bend your knees whenever you lift something low on the ground.
  • Take short and frequent breaks if you’re day consists of a lot of physical activity. If possible, alternate between heavy and light activities and be sure to pace yourself.
  • Plan meals ahead to reduce last minute chores and tasks.
  • Maximize use of electric appliances—can openers, crock pots, microwaves, dishwashers. These appliances will prove to be very useful.
  • Use separate laundry baskets to minimize laundry sorting.
  • Sit down when you fold or iron clothes.
  • Use a bath mitt or a long-handled brush while showering.
  • Install or replace knobs (doors, faucets etc.) with levers to make it easy to control using your palm.
  • Use compression garments during the day to help support your joints or provide relief to aching joints.
  • Zipper pulls or a loop chain, even a paper clip, can help make zippers easier to grasp.
  • Trade in laces for velcros.
  • At work, keep all your important files and supplies within reach.
  • Use work assist arms or wrist rests for your keyboard.
  • Use felt-tip pens instead of ballpoint, which requires less pressure when writing.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide good ankle support.

The pressure of maintaining your quality of life when you have to live with chronic pain may seem overwhelming. But these simple, practical tips have proven to be useful for countless of other arthritis sufferers. Give it a try and let us know how well it has helped you.

If you want to try using compression sleeves to manage arthritis,  contact us today or visit our Amazon link to browse through our entire selection of compression sleeves, braces and straps designed to help manage your joints.

You may also visit our website at www.doctorarthritis.org and get an exclusive, limited-time only discount. Use the coupon code*: 25PROFF to get 25% off your purchase

For questions, feel free to leave a message in the comment section below, or email us at enquiry@doctorarthritis.org. You may also visit our Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/doctorarthritis or view our YouTube page athttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVRAgAy847uyV8BMdynZZXg.

*coupon code is applicable only for website purchases.