The Aches in Aging – Part 5: Arthritis


LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with the aches and pains associated with getting older

As we age, it is common that our bodies begin to experience certain aches that were once not an issue when we were younger. Joint pain, back and neck pain, muscle spasms and pain, nerve pain and the pain of arthritis are all afflictions that can start to affect us the older we get. LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with these issues and find the relief needed to live a pain free life.

In this final session we will discuss osteoarthritis and how it affects the elderly.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common diseases that affects aging adults. After years of use and wear and tear, the cartilage inside the joints begins to break down and wear away. This cartilage acts as a cushion between the bones, but as it diminishes, bones can begin to rub together causing pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis is most common in the hands, wrists, neck, knees and hips.

What are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

The first sign of osteoarthritis is usually stiffness as the affected joints do not move as freely as they once did. Swelling, redness, pain and difficulty performing daily tasks like walking, standing, bending and sitting down are also common symptoms of this disease.

What are the Best Treatment Options for Arthritis?

The best ways to battle osteoarthritis is to keep active and keep your joints moving. By staying in motion and maintaining flexibility you will be able to keep your body in a good weight range and will ensure that you keep your joints moving as they should. If pain or swelling sets in, ice therapy can help, as can over-the-counter pain medications. If the pain becomes persistent or severe, it is time to see the doctor. A physician or rheumatologist will be able to prescribe medications and physiotherapy regimens that will help you manage your symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease.

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March 31st, 2016 by