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What is Arthritis?
Arthritis comprises more than 100 different rheumatic diseases and conditions. The most common is osteoarthritis. Other forms that frequently occur are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and gout. There are some forms of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, that can affect multiple organs and cause widespread symptoms. Arthritis is more common among adults aged 65 or older but it can affect people of all ages.
Learn techniques to manage arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program can teach people how to manage arthritis and lessen its effects. The foundation has helped arthritis sufferers to improve their health by reducing depression, fatigue, and health distress.
Be physically active
Physical activities such as walking, bicycling, and swimming have been shown to have significant benefits, including reducing pain and improving physical function, mental health and quality of life.
Maintain a healthy weight and protect your joints
Weight control and injury prevention measures can lower a senior’s risk of developing osteoarthritis. Weight loss can also reduce symptoms for overweight or obese people that have knee osteoarthritis.
Consult a physician
Early diagnosis and proper management are especially important for older ones with inflammatory arthritis. Consulting with your doctor is also important because their recommendations are the most influential factor in convincing people to be physically active and to take an arthritis self-management course.
Being affected by arthritis can be a daunting challenge but with help from loved ones and health care professionals, it can be managed. Share your experiences with us below or in our Caregiver Forum.
We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.