Arthritis is one of the most prominent conditions suffered by the elderly. Studies show that 1 in 4 elderly people in the US suffer from some type of arthritis. The most common types of this condition are rheumatoid, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, lupus and gout.
It is reported that the annual expenditure projected for this ailment is approximately $81 billion. Being physically active improves mobility by at least 40% while also decreasing the pain levels.
Pain can also be cushioned by being active in the disease management programs offered. However, only 1 in 10 patients partake in these programs, the number would increase if medical practitioner recommendations were higher.
Arthritis is the main cause of joint pain, stiffness and probable disability in the elderly not associated with aging. To help alleviate discomfort, here are 16 arthritis pain relief techniques to help you have a better and pain-free day.
1. Joint protection
The main thing that should be done by arthritis patients is to protect their joints. Regardless of the extent of the condition, joints must always be protected. This applies even when performing daily tasks. It is best to avoid lifting heavy things, walking for way too long or wearing high heels. These activities put a strain on the joints and worsen the pain. Heels exert too much stress on the knees and ankles, steering away from them will be very helpful.
Make use of ankle and/or knee guards when exercising. When working out joints move around a lot thereby increasing friction ergo the catalyst to pain. Wearing guards will restrict and support them when making these movements.
Also, avoid joint compromising positions such as tight gripping or pinching and exerting too much pressure on them. Using alternative methods will help relieve pain. For example, using appropriate tools instead of fingers and using both hands when lifting anything below waist level. Not forgetting bending at the knees, not the back.