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How To Manage Chronic Arthritis Pain In Seniors

Symptoms of arthritis in the elderly can be very painful and limit one’s range of motion. These symptoms include swelling and stiffness in the joints, difficulty moving the joint, tenderness or discomfort and even redness of the area that is warm to the touch. 

Arthritis affects one in every two senior citizens and it can be an unpredictable and very painful condition as flare-ups can vary in their intensity. In some cases, arthritic symptoms may not be an indication of an onset of the condition. Sometimes they can come and fade away. But if you are experiencing these above symptoms with more regularity, you may be developing one of many various forms of arthritis. 

Treatment Options

Depending on the type of arthritis you’re dealing with, you may be required to take certain pain medications and other medications that can help to minimize the damage caused by the disease. 

Pain Medications

The most common form that seniors routinely experience is osteoarthritis. This occurs when the cartilage in the joint has eroded away. As a result, a senior suffering from osteoarthritis can experience pain from walking and moving around. Most pain medications that can help manage chronic pain or discomfort from osteoarthritis are your over-the-counter options such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. 

In some instances, a stronger prescription painkiller may be necessary for managing extreme cases where the pain is simply too intense and long-lasting to be managed by over-the-counter alternatives. 

Weight

 

But for those seniors with advanced forms of the disease can also work towards bringing their weight under control. Many forms of arthritis that are found in the knees, hips, ankles, and feet can cause serious pain that makes it very difficult to walk, even bend down or rise up from a seated position.

The amount of weight that you are putting on those joints can also exacerbate the pain and discomfort, so reducing your weight can help ease the pressure. 

Exercise

Staying active is always a good idea for seniors because it keeps the body and mind in good condition. But it can also be an effective way to manage the chronic pain that can come from having any form of arthritis whether it’s osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or any similar condition. 

Going for a daily walk, a bike ride, even swimming and jogging can go a long way towards making the symptoms of arthritis less painful. Any exercises that strengthen the body such as lifting weights can also be effective as can range of motion exercises that help to maintain your flexibility. 

Spending time in a warm bath or heated pool can also be helpful to reducing the pain of arthritis. The warm temperature can be soothing and go a long way to providing relief. 

Your local chapter of Seniors Helping Seniors can make a positive impact on helping a senior alleviate the pain of arthritis through activity, exercise, and education about the effects of arthritis and how to avoid suffering the symptoms. Arthritis shouldn’t get in the way of living a healthy and happy life.

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