There is currently no cure for arthritis, since the damage cannot be reversed. However, there are a number of options for treatment, which aim to reduce pain, improve function and prevent further damage to the joint. Medication such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin are frequently recommended to treat the pain and inflammation. Doctors can also prescribe corticosteroids that help reduce inflammation, or other drugs in cases of autoimmune disease.
Surgery is also sometimes a treatment. Knee and hip replacements are often performed in order to relieve the patient from the pain of arthritis, but these surgeries also require physical therapy for recovery.
The best way to treat arthritis is through lifestyle changes. Patients are often told to increase their exercise regimen, since it is known to relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, while also improving muscles and bone strength. Doctors may suggest low-impact aerobic activity, strength training and range of motion exercises, while heat, ice, water and massage therapies may also be recommended.
Home Care Services for People Living With Arthritis
In spite of medical treatment, arthritis often progresses and causes the person to have more and more difficulty in conducting their usual activities of daily living such as bathing or dressing or difficulty with regular homemaking activities such as laundry or routine cleaning. Busy families may find it to be challenging to keep up with theses needs. These families can benefit from the assistance of a home care aide or homemaker.
When surgery is the chosen treatment, the person can expect to need physical therapy and occupational therapy treatments for many weeks once the surgery is completed. Much, if not all, of the therapy treatment plan can be provided in the home.
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