How Seniors with Osteoarthritis Stay Independent

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Physical Therapy for Arthritis

Have you ever dealt with aches or tightness in your joints shortly after periods of inactivity or excessive use? According to our experts in senior personal care in Burlington, IA and surrounding areas, you may be struggling with osteoarthritis (OA), the most typical kind of arthritis. So, what exactly is taking place inside your body? The breaking down of cartilage material results in the bones rubbing against each other, leading to stiffness, pain and reduced mobility in the joint.  This type of arthritis commonly affects the knees, hips, neck, hands, and lower back.

If you think that osteoarthritis is slowing you down, Advanced Home Health Care advocates getting a thorough physical exam by a medical professional – and we’re also available to provide in-home care assistance.

The information below can help you recognize osteoarthritis signs and symptoms, along with techniques to help effectively manage the condition.

Osteoarthritis Symptoms:

Stiffness or pain in joints after periods of inactivity or excessive use.
Grating or “catching” experience during joint movement.
Bony growths at the margins of impacted joints.

Osteoarthritis Management:

Effective treatment strategies often incorporate a blend of medications, rest, physical activity, joint protection, use of heat or cold to reduce pain, and occupational and/or physical therapy.
Many people with OA prefer pain medications including acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce joint pain, stiffness and swelling. 
Maintaining physical activity keeps joints limber and maintains or improves muscle strength.
Joint protection reduces the risk of strain or stress on painful joints. 
Weight control is critical for prevention of and to slow the progression of osteoarthritis which affects the weight-bearing joints (knees and hips) and lower back.
Corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid derivatives can be injected into joints that are unresponsive to treatment. 

Advanced Home Health Care can help those with osteoarthritis signs and symptoms to remain as independent as possible. Contact us for more information on expert senior personal care in Burlington, IA and to find a partner in care to help with the many effects of osteoarthritis. Just a few of the ways we can help include:

Safe, dependable transportation to health-related appointments and procedures
Running errands such as picking up prescriptions and groceries
Offering a friendly companion to encourage physical activity
Preparation of healthy, delicious meals

Call Advanced Home Health Care at 800.791.7785 to learn more about our senior personal care in Burlington, IA and surrounding areas!

*Tips courtesy of the Arthritis Foundation

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