Physical therapists with experience of treating arthritis sufferers can also help relieve arthritis pain. Massaging the muscles around joints can help, as can the use of hot and cold compresses.
TENS treatment involves physical therapists using electrodes to deliver electromagnetic pulses to an affected joint. This treatment can also be beneficial in some cases.
Some doctors may recommend the use of pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medicines. The aim is always to reduce pain and improve function, without causing further damage to the joints.
Taking a bath with Epsom salts may be another appropriate way of relieving joint inflammation and pain.
Specialists such as rheumatologists can manage treatment for inflammatory arthritis, gout or other complications.
Smoking is bad for your health generally and can trigger rheumatoid arthritis in some people, so should be avoided.