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 arthritis. 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 it?
Although very common, arthritis is not well understood. Simply, Arthritis is a way of describing pain due to inflammation of one or more of your joints. Most common among women and the elderly, arthritis 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 arthritis 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.