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Arthritis Care for Seniors: Tips and Therapies

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Life’s tapestry is woven with threads of varied experiences. While some are radiant with joy, others are tinged with challenges.

As we age, one of these challenges often emerges in the form of arthritis, causing discomfort and sometimes restricting the very activities that bring us joy.

While arthritis may be a common companion of aging, living with the pain doesn’t have to be the norm. Through an amalgamation of expert insights, practical tips, and cutting-edge therapies, there’s a world where seniors can reclaim their mobility and comfort.

As we journey through the corridors of arthritis care, there are ways to transform the twilight years into a time where life can be more comfortable.

Understanding Arthritis in Seniors

Arthritis isn’t a singular entity but rather an umbrella term for more than 100 conditions affecting the joints. The most common among seniors is osteoarthritis; it’s characterized by the wear and tear of joint cartilage. The second most common form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, is an autoimmune condition that causes joint inflammation.

Expert Tips for Arthritis Care

  1. Stay active:While pain may discourage movement, regular, low-impact activities like swimming, walking, or tai chican actually alleviate the symptoms of arthritis by enhancing flexibility and strength.
  2. Weight management:Carrying extra pounds exerts more pressure on weight-bearing joints and intensifies pain. Adopting a balanced dietand maintaining a healthy weight can make a significant difference.
  3. Use assistive devices:Items like canes, shoe inserts, and jar openers can aid in reducing strain on affected joints and enhancing daily functioning.
  4. Joint protection:It’s vital to use joints in ways that avoid excess stress. Use proper lifting methods and take frequent breaks during repetitive tasks.

Advanced Therapies and Treatments

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  1. Physical therapy:Tailored exercises can improve joint function. A physical therapist can provide guidance on protecting joints during daily activities.
  2. Medication:From pain relievers like acetaminophento nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), there are various medication options. Always consult a healthcare provider before starting or changing medication.
  3. Joint injections:Corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid injections can offer relief by reducing inflammation and improving lubrication.
  4. Alternative therapies:Acupuncture, chiropractic care, and massage therapy have provided relief for some. As we mentioned earlier, always consult your physician before embarking on any treatment.

Arthritis Diagnosis, Care, and Treatment at Houston Physicians’ Hospital

Houston Physicians’ Hospital stands as a beacon of hope for seniors grappling with arthritis.

We recognize the unique challenges the older population faces and provide quality services accordingly.

  1. Advanced diagnostics: We employ state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to ensure accurate identification of the specific type of arthritis.
  2. Customized treatment plans: We tailor our treatment plans to the patient’s specific needs. Our physicians carefully consider each patient’s overall health, lifestyle, and the severity of the condition.
  3. Rehabilitation services:Our experienced, qualified, and skilled physical therapistswork tirelessly to help seniors regain mobility, strength, and function.
  4. Patient education:Empowerment is key. We equip seniors with the knowledge to transform them into active participants in their care journey.

If you’ve started noticing signs of arthritis, consult an orthopedic specialist as soon as possible. At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, our doctors can diagnose and treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, reactive arthritis, and more. Visit our Clear Lake Hospital to learn more about your condition and some of your treatment options. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page to find a doctor who’s right for you.

We also specialize in treating Joint Pain Treatments, knee pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, neck pain, and a range of other conditions. Our goal is to help every patient enjoy optimal health and wellness.