18 Jul Common conditions in older adults Pt.2 – Arthritis
Previously, it had been mentioned that it is of the utmost importance to be attentive to the routines and habits of the elderly in order to prevent injuries and illnesses, in some cases diseases can occur that are inevitable, so we can only focus our efforts on controlling the symptoms, avoiding pain, improving functionality or preventing from further deterioration, so this time we will give some recommendations to treat arthritis.
Arthritis is caused by the deterioration or wear of the cartilage that protects the joints and prevents friction between the bones, providing smooth movements. The degradation of cartilage can cause bones to come into contact at certain times, causing the characteristic symptoms of arthritis: pain, inflammation, decreased ability to move the joint, redness of the joint area and stiffness upon awakening.
The best way to treat this condition is physiotherapy, with daily exercises you can improve the flexibility of the affected joints and strengthen the muscles to allow their movement. Massages and hydrotherapy can also give good results.
Other recommendations such as choosing a diet that incorporates foods with lot of Omega-3, in addition to fruits, vegetables and to help loose weight since obesity can aggravate the condition. It is also necessary to avoid staying in the same position for a long time and to sleep well.
Remember the importance of having your older relative on a good diet accompanied by good habits and rest. At CasaMar Senior Living, we have a complete team that will meet the needs and take care of the health of your loved one.
Among the services we offer, your family member will find physical therapies, supply of medicines and the appropriate diet.
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