If you have arthritis opening up gifts can be incredibly challenging and painful. Given that enjoying the holiday season should be the top priority of our post acute care community residence, we wanted to share some helpful information for those dealing with the disease. Did you know that nearly 50% of adults 65 and older have some form of arthritis in their joints? Although osteoarthritis is the most common form of the disease, there are over 100 different types of arthritis including gout, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
So what is Arthritis?
Although very common, this condition is not well understood. Simply, this condition is a way of describing pain due to inflammation of one or more of your joints. Most common among women and the elderly, the condition can affect anyone regardless of race, sex or age. Symptoms include decreased range of motion, pain, stiffness and swelling. These symptoms can be frequent and range from mild to severe. These symptoms can last for years and even worsen over time.
So how do I manage my Arthritis
At South Coast Post Acute we find that ways to help manage the disease include staying moderately active with rest between activities, hot and cold therapies, eating a healthy balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, improving sleep habits and avoid smoking and alcohol.
Arthritis is a disease but with the right treatment, plenty of rest and a balanced diet, the disease doesn’t have to ruin plans or stop you from doing what you want to do during the holiday season. Going to your doctor and diagnosing the condition early can limit damage and give you many years of happy, healthy activity.
Contact us today to learn how South Coast Post Acute can help you manage your arthritis!