Arthritis Awareness: Tips for Easing Pain and Stiffness

Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases affect almost 25 percent of the American population. This percentage is expected to increase as the baby boomers age. One of the reasons seniors cite for being unable to remain in their own home is difficulty doing daily activities due to joint pain. Physical therapy and medications help ease joint pain and stiffness for many sufferers. In addition, consider the following changes you can encourage your loved one to make at home so they can remain in their own house for as long as possible.Arthritis

Exercise

By moving joints regularly they will remain flexible. In many cases people with joint pain don’t want to exercise because they worry it will cause them more discomfort. This is generally not the case however. Engaging in low-impact exercises such as swimming, yoga, pilates or walking can be very helpful.

Dietary Changes

Certain foods are believed to be helpful in reducing inflammation and stiffness in the body. Consider increasing intake of the following items:

Flaxseed
Grape juice
Ginger
Fish
Nuts
Blueberries
Garlic
Celery
Weight Loss

Joint pain is commonly caused by carrying around excessive weight. Although weight loss may seem overwhelming, a small reduction in weight has been shown to cause a significant improvement. Instead of trying to tackle losing a large amount of weight, your loved one should attempt to lose just a few pounds. This may be enough to help hips, knees and other joints. Pain will decrease and mobility will be improved.

Joint pain and stiffness causes a significant decrease in the quality of life. Daily activities are often impacted. Those that can still be undertaken may be less enjoyable due to the discomfort. Making a few small changes at home can make a big difference in decreasing joint pain and stiffness. Your loved one may even find that they are less reliant on medication and physical therapy for relief from discomfort. Attempt a few of the above changes and see what a difference it makes.

If you find your loved one is still having difficulty with daily activities consider contacting Hannah’s Home Care. We provide home health care for seniors who want to remain in their own home but need some support. Contact us to learn more.

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