Arthritis is one of the most common health conditions ageing seniors face. Causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness, arthritis sometimes worsens over time and can be a difficult problem to control effectively. If you provide Perth aged care for a senior with with arthritis, consider these ways to help alleviate some of the specific symptoms.
1. Hydrotherapy for Increased Mobility
While hydrotherapy provides numerous benefits for arthritic seniors, one of the most helpful is its ability to help increase mobility. Arthritis can make mobility difficult because of how the condition affects joints. While there are many suggestions for boosting mobility, hydrotherapy has become one of the leading options because being in warm water makes moving stiff joints less painful. The lightness of the body when in water also makes performing the exercises used in hydrotherapy easier than if done out of the water.
2. Massage and Acupuncture for Pain
Arthritis can cause seniors a great deal of pain and soreness. Oftentimes, the pain is frequent or even constant. Additionally, being in pain makes muscles tense, which then produces added tension-related soreness. Two options many seniors with arthritis have turned to are massage and acupuncture, sometimes as separate treatments and sometimes given in the same session. Acupuncture, an ancient Eastern medicine, uses tiny, nonpainful needles to stimulate pain-relieving nerves in the body, and massage helps relieve the tension and pain associated with arthritis flare-ups.
3. NSAIDs for Inflammation
Another symptom of arthritis is swelling around the affected joints. The inflammation often results in pain and stiffness and makes the area tender and hot to the touch. If your loved one experiences inflammation on a regular basis, talk to his or her doctor about changing medications to add NSAIDs. These medicines are generally over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. NSAIDs are actually formulated to help treat inflammation, and most are also low-dose analgesics, which should help reduce your loved one’s discomfort.
4. Regular Exercise for Stiffness
One of the best ways to alleviate stiffness brought on by arthritis is implementing an arthritis-friendly exercise routine. If your loved one already exercises, an arthritis exercise component can be added to the current exercise program. This may add an extra few minutes, but can provide great relief for the stiffness. If your loved one doesn’t already have an exercise routine, talk to a physical therapist about the best way to get him or her active without making the condition worse, and consider hiring a part-time caregiver in Perth to assist with the routine. Gentle aerobic exercises like swimming, yoga, and walking are usually the best options because they don’t put added strain on the joints. In addition, suggest your loved one try some gentle joint-strengthening exercises like neck rolls, knee bends, and moving each joint back and forth for a few repetitions. The stronger your loved one’s joints are, the less likely they will become stiff.
If your loved one needs help with medication reminders and exercise to alleviate arthritis symptoms, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to assist with these and many other daily tasks. We also offer Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care for Perth seniors who require more comprehensive care. For more information on our aged care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at [hca_phone] today.