National Arthritis Awareness Month Tips
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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month!

View "Health Tips for New Florida Residents" from UCF Pegasus Health

To combat pain in arthritis, Dr. Shazia Bég and Dr. Neha Bhanusali, rheumatologists at UCF Pegasus Health, recommend:

·Eating fresh fruits and vegetables. (Fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants may protect against arthritis and help to relieve its symptoms, according to the University of Michigan.)

·Keeping weight off of hips, back, and knees.

·Exercising, but consulting your doctor first. They may recommend range-of-motion exercises, strengthening exercises, aerobic exercise and other activities.

·Applying heat therapy (for osteoarthritis).

·Not smoking (increases risk of rheumatoid arthritis).

·Avoiding stress (can cause pain in both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis).

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