Arthritis can be caused by the wear and tear of cartilage intented to protect joints and absorb pressure from walking and other movements. Arthritis normally affects older people, but can be caused by autoimmune diseases, broken bones, or bacterial/viral infections.
The best way to treat arthritis is changing your lifestyle. Increase your exercise regimen to relieve stiffness, reduce pain, fatigue, improve muscles and bone strength. Doctors may suggest low-impact aerobic activity, strength training, range of motion exercises and heat/ice/water/massage therapies.
Treating arthritis can reduce pain, improve function and prevent further damage to the joint. Medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin are recommended to treat the pain and inflammation. Doctors can also prescribe corticosteroids to help reduce inflammation.
Arthritis can make normal activities of daily living (like bathing, dressing, laundry, light housekeeping) difficult. Our home care aides provide support and assistance to help you live comfortably in your own home.
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