From time to time you may experience a flare-up. This is when the symptoms of arthritis temporarily worsen.

A flare-up could include an increase in pain, swelling, stiffness and reduced mobility. You may also notice an increase in fatigue, trouble sleeping, anxiety, stress. Setbacks or flare-ups are often caused by doing too much, overdoing it, or pressure from others.

The good news is that these flare-ups are usually temporary. If the symptoms persist, it is recommended that you discuss it with your doctor.

How to Reduce Flare-Ups

  • Learn about your condition – there is plenty of useful information on the internet, and you can start by reading more about your form of arthritis

How to Manage Flare-Ups

  • Plan ahead – have a setback plan

  • Be kind to yourself

  • Prioritise your responsibilities

  • Break up tasks into smaller portions

  • Say “NO”

  • Ask for help

  • Rest/sleep/relaxation

  • Hot and cold therapies

  • Gentle exercise-stretching and moving

  • Assistive devices

  • Contact an Arthritis Educator for more information and support on 0800 663 463 or click the button below to fill in the arthritis educator call-back form

Download this information as a printable PDF here.


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