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4 Common Treatments for Arthritis

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Between 2010 and 2012, nearly 50 percent of adults in the United States aged 65 or over were diagnosed with some form of arthritis. If your elderly loved one receiving Palm Beach at-home care falls into this category, finding an effective treatment is crucial. Though results may vary, these 4 methods have all proven effective in alleviating arthritis symptoms.

1. Exercise and Physical Therapy

Your loved one may be reluctant to engage in physical activity because of his or her arthritis pain. However, a sedentary lifestyle will only exacerbate the symptoms. Gentle, low-impact activities like stretching, swimming, and water aerobics can help your loved one flex his or her joints without added stress. A physician can suggest the appropriate exercises based on your loved one’s condition or prescribe supervised physical therapy.

2. Medications

The most popular arthritis medications are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories that target the chemical responsible for arthritis inflammation. Topical pain relievers like capsaicin and diclofenac work by irritating nerve endings and distracting the brain from the arthritis pain. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs such as methotrexate and sulfasalazine work by stopping autoimmune and other processes responsible for certain types of arthritis.

3. Natural Remedies

If your loved one experiences occasional arthritis-related joint stiffness, you can suggest the following measures:

Using hot and cold therapy

The heat of a heating pad or warm shower or bath can ease joint stiffness and increase flexibility, and a cold pack wrapped in a towel and applied to the joint can provide quick relief by numbing the affected area.

Adding turmeric to your loved one’s diet

Turmeric, a yellow spice often used in Indian dishes, contains curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory.

Encouraging him or her to maintain a healthy weight

Excess weight puts added strain on joints, especially in the hips, knees, and feet. Shedding extra weight can decrease pain, increase mobility, and prevent further joint damage.

4. Massage

Emotional stress and tension can increase the muscle stiffness and pain of arthritis. A massage using moderate pressure causes neurotransmitters in the brain to release serotonin, which naturally promotes relaxation and alleviates pain. Massage also increases circulation to the affected areas, which increases joint flexibility and range of motion. It is best to find a massage therapist with experience dealing specifically with arthritis.

For additional solutions to help your loved one address physical and mobility challenges, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist with exercise, provide medication reminders, and help with many other daily tasks that may be difficult for a senior with arthritis. We also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s home care Palm Beach families trust. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 561.429.8292 to schedule a complimentary consultation.