Millions of older adults around the world suffer from Arthritis. According to the CDC, 23% of all adults suffer from arthritis. Arthritis can affect joints throughout the body and cause swelling, redness, and warmth. There are three common types of arthritis:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Sometimes called degenerative joint disease or “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cushion between the joints wears down and leads to pain, stiffness and swelling. Several factors can lead to the development of osteoarthritis including excess weight, injury or overuse, and genes, among other things. However there are simple treatments to help ease the pain of osteoarthritis. Treatment can typically include weight management, low impact physical activities, medications, and in more sever cases joint replacement surgery.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints. Someone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis might notice more symptoms than just joint inflammation and pain. Other common Symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite, and a low grade fever. Doctors still do not fully understand the cause of rheumatoid arthritis. They do know that an abnormal response of the immune system plays a leading role in the inflammation and and joint damage that occurs. Rheumatoid arthritis needs to be treated by a doctor and should be discussed with them to find out what type of treatment is necessary. However, there are ways to self manage. Some ways to do this include, eating healthy, balancing activity and rest, heat and cold therapies, topical treatments, and supplements such as turmeric and omega-3 fish oil.
Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid. The most common area for gout to occur is the big toe. Symptoms typically include excruciating pain and swelling. Although the big toe is the most common area gout can also appear in the ankle or knee. High uric acid levels in blood are the cause of gout. Uric acid can form needle-like crystals in a joint and cause sudden, severe episodes of pain. To diagnose gout, a doctor will need to examine the joints and do a blood test. There are two common ways to treat gout. Firstly they can treat an acute attack by prescribing medications to control uric acid levels. Second is a series of lifestyle changes that are designed to reduce uric acid build up. These changes include, healthy eating, drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol and sweet sodas, and avoiding stress.
Dealing with Arthritis Pain
There are many ways to reduce the pain caused from arthritis. Firstly is is important to maintain a healthy life style. Eating healthy improves the body’s systems and helps it repair itself faster. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the stress that is places on joints. Secondly taking over-the-counter medications can help keep certain symptoms in check. However it is recommended to talk a doctor to maybe get some prescription medications. Other small things that can be done to decrease include getting specially-fitted shoes, or a cane. Finally if your loved one is suffering from severe arthritis getting an in-home caregiver can help them stay independent.
Arthritis Care in Connecticut
Dependable Care’s Connecticut caregivers can help senior citizens who are dealing with the effects of arthritis. They understand the daily struggles that patients face and can help them with regular activities that are now challenging, such as housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, and errands. Our caregivers can remind patients to take their medication and transport them to medical appointments. Together with your help we can create a customized plan for your loved one. This plan would include pain management, nutrition, exercise, and help with household tasks.
If your loved one is suffering from arthritis in Connecticut, contact Dependable Care today to discuss how we can help reduce the pain and improve your loved one’s comfort and quality of life.