Dec 18, 2017 by Alan White
Although arthritis may be considered a typical condition that most seniors expect to experience as they age, they don’t necessarily expect to become disabled by the pain, stiffness, and other side effects that may require assistance. Statistically, about fifty percent of adults over 65 are affected by this disease in the US, and the majority of these individuals are your mothers and fathers. The disability brought on by arthritic knees may lead to your mom or dad becoming housebound or in need of a walker or wheelchair. Although these items may be covered by Medicare, they often are only covered once and these devices may not last long enough. Comfort Keepers Gainesville has some suggestions for your loved one to reduce pain and make life easier.
Adaptive devices are excellent to assist your parent with their mobility. However, without the additional assistance of caregivers from Comfort Keepers Gainesville, mom or dad may not be able to use them. These devices can cause further injuries and pain if not set up and maintained correctly.
For severe joint pain caused by arthritis, the physician may prescribe medication and often over the counter labels such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen, are not strong enough, and may have side effects with other medications mom or dad takes. Other medications include narcotics such as oxycodone and codeine. Your loved one may need someone to keep their medication schedule, or watch over them in case complications arise.
Comfort Keepers Gainesville also recommends lifestyle changes. A different diet and some kinds of exercise may provide relief and reduce pain. Aquatic therapy will take the pressure off your mother’s or father’s knees. A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods such as the “Mediterranean diet” is associated with reduced symptoms from arthritis such as less pain and stiffness. In addition, vegetarian diets have improved symptoms of arthritis, and high-fiber diets are potentially (but not definitively) considered useful for preventing arthritis pain. If your loved one isn’t willing to make a big change to their diet, antioxidants in green tea can significantly reduce the severity of arthritis.
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