Do You Know What Arthritis Looks Like?

July 14, 2011

This video in our seven-part video series reviews some of the symptoms and warning signs for types of arthritis most likely to alter the active lifestyles of our seniors.

Following an exercise regimen may help in managing some types of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis:  Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis are most likely to appear slowly and can range from moderate to severe.  Typically, achy joints that may be painful or stiff are some of the early symptoms.

It is believed that excess weight, injury or overuse of joints could lead to osteoarthritis.  Exercise that focuses on flexibility, aerobic training and strengthening are sometimes recommended by physicians.

Fibromyalgia:  This arthritis type has varied symptoms that can range from vague complaints such as chronic headaches or stomachaches.  Additionally, pain in the joints and tenderness among muscles and nerves are attributed to fibromyalgia.  Additionally, interruption in sleep may lead to severe fatigue.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:  This type of arthritis not only affects the joints but it can affect other parts of the body such as eyes, mouths or lungs.  Additionally, this disease is considered symmetrical and systemic in nature.  Some of the more familiar symptoms may include warm joints, decreased range of motion, fatigue, anemia, loss of appetite or a low-grade fever.

Please watch the following video for a more detailed discussion about arthritis.

For additional information about managing arthritis, please visit the Arthritis Foundation of the Mid Atlantic Region. As always, leave your comments for our readers below or on our Caregiver Forum.  

Jason Sager, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Fairfax, Virginia

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.

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Guest writer Alisa Meredith is a blogger and social media professional with Scalable Social Media. Every once in a while, someone at Home Instead does something that compels her to stop Tweeting and write something real! This is one of those times.

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