Jun 2, 2017 by Doug Stark
As the body ages, aches and joint pains may seem like just another part of the process. Many seniors suffer from arthritis in their joint, including the knees, shoulders, elbows and hands. A lifetime od wear-and-tear on these muscles and bones can cause inflammation and discomfort. Proper elder care techniques and assistance can ease the symptoms and progression of arthritis and other joint issues.
There are many reasons why seniors may feel pain in their joints. Protective cartilage, the connective tissues that cover the ends of bones at joints, wears down over time. This causes the bones to rub together, resulting typically in arthritis and inflammation.
Joint pain can be exacerbated due to obesity and decreased bone density. Being overweight puts increased stress on weak muscles and joints. Bone density caused by lack of nutrients is common in women and the elderly.
An elder care professional or doctor can properly diagnose the causes of senior joint pain. Consulting with a specialist is the first step to caring for and managing joint pain.
With the approval of a doctor or elder care professional, there are many ways to manage and slow down the progression of joint issues. Low impact exercises such as stretching and water aerobics can be integrated into a senior’s elder care program. Keeping an aging body moving promotes muscle strength and overall wellness.
In some cases, nutritional adjustments or supplements may be required to ease joint pain. Healthy fats like salmon and avocado can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Omega-3 and Vitamin D can also reduce joint discomfort. Always consult a doctor or elder care professional before making any dietary changes.
Joint pain doesn’t need to be just another part of aging. Managing discomfort through lifestyle changes can be a practical and achievable way to maintain an active lifestyle during one’s senior years.
Comfort Keepers provides senior care services in the following cities in Kansas:
Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.