Arthritis is a classification of disease that typically causes swollen, stiff, or painful joints. The most common form, Osteoarthritis, occurs when the cartilage becomes worn out. It is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting seniors today. With its chronic long terms effects, arthritis can have a major impact on the daily lives of those afflicted with it.
Arthritis doesn’t have to keep you from living a normal life. Fortunately, you can lessen the impact of arthritis on your life. Here are a few tips to help with arthritis symptoms.
Exercising can lessen arthritis symptoms, as well as improve your overall health. Stretching and range-of-motion activities can help with the stiffness and building muscle can take stress off the joints. Walking, yoga, and water aerobics are low-impact exercises that can come with significant benefits. Reach out to your local community or senior centre, talk to your doctor or contact CANES Community Care for some suggestions.
Proper nutrition can help with arthritis by keeping you at a healthy body weight and providing natural relief from inflammation. Avoid eating processed foods such as white bread, bacon, sugary drinks etc. Instead increased eating of anti-inflammatory foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon and anchovies canned in oil are extremely beneficial by strengthening bones and reducing pain.
There are a variety of treatments available for arthritis. From at-home remedies to surgery. Be sure to work with your doctor to create a solution for your pain. Keeping up with your prescribed medication is the first step, but other methods can help as well:
Over the counter anti-inflammatories and dietary supplements such as fish oils and omega 3’s can have some positive effects on sufferers. Talk to your pharmacist about options and what is right for you.
Warming and cooling treatments can also help. Try heating pads or warm baths, to soothe stiff joints and tired muscles.
Cold is best for acute pain. Using ice or a store bought gel pack can dull pain and reduce swelling. Experiment with heat and cold therapy to find out which provides the best pain relief for you.
Unfortunately, there is no cure-all ointment or pill. Keep an eye out for unproven or fake treatments. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Carefully check labels and talk to your healthcare team about what will be most beneficial for you.
See Your Doctor
Treating arthritis starts with knowing what kind of arthritis you have. Talk to your doctor regularly and be sure to update them on symptom changes and get suggestions on care options.
Senior Care Services
In some cases, the symptoms of arthritis can make it difficult to carry out everyday tasks. Worse, not having proper care means struggling with daily tasks and making the pain worse. We are here to help please contact CANES Community Care to learn about our personal care services