Health.com notes that while a cure for arthritis has yet to be developed, the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis can be alleviated by losing weight and exercising. Acupuncture and capsaicin cream can also be beneficial.
One of the most effective ways of warding off arthritis and the pain associated with arthritis is to exercise, notes Health.com. Every lost pound equals 4 less pounds of pressure for the knees to endure. Many individuals experience relief from arthritis after losing anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds.
While it was once believed that exercise made arthritis worse, the opposite is actually true. One exception to the rule is running on solid pavement. Running on a softer surface, such as dirt paths or a track, is easier on the knees. Exercise can be as simple as walking around the neighborhood or swimming laps in a pool. Exercises that are the most beneficial for treating arthritis include aerobic exercises, such as biking, walking and swimming. Isotonic and isometric exercises and other strengthening exercises are also beneficial for arthritis, notes Health.com.
Capsaicin is what makes chili peppers spicy. While it has yet to be determined exactly how the application of capsaicin cream helps relieve arthritis, Health.com states that medical professionals believe it draws pain-impulse-transmitting chemicals from nerve endings.