Reactive Arthritis Self Care
Taking a proactive role in treatment is an important part of getting better. This process is called self management.
Self care for reactive arthritis includes making sure food is stored at proper temperatures and cooked properly. These helps prevent foodborne bacteria that can cause reactive arthritis. Some sexually transmitted infections can trigger reactive arthritis. Using condoms may lower one's risk.
Staying physically active is the key to keeping joints flexible. Too little movement can lead to joint stiffness. Strong muscles help to protect joints. But it’s important to talk to a doctor before beginning an exercise program. Managing weight, eating a nutritious diet and getting a good balance of rest and activity each day are important, too.