Coping techniques such as the use of activities/hobbies as a distraction can be helpful in dealing with pain. Cognitive behavioural therapy is increasingly being used to help people cope with long-term pain. It is known as a “talking therapy” and helps change the way you think about your pain so that you are better able to cope with it. If pain is having a significant impact on your life you should ask your doctor to refer you to a cognitive behavioural therapist.
For further information on managing joint pain contact Arthritis Care Tel: 020 7380 6500, www.arthritiscare.org.uk