Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Lyme Disease Arthritis

Home care for arthritis caused by Lyme disease includes:

  • Avoid over exertion, which increases your risk for injury.
  • Avoid prolonged standing.
  • Avoid remaining in one position.
  • Exercise regularly:
    • Check with your doctor about an exercise program that is right for you.
    • Perform exercises that do not place stress on your joints.
    • Perform gentle stretching after exercise.
  • Modify activities to reduce stress on joints or minimize risk for injury.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for mild pain.
  • Take prescription medicines as directed.
  • Use splints, in order to reduce pain and protect your joints when they are inflamed.
  • Warm soaks or baths may reduce stiffness.

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Last Updated: Nov 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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