Houston Family Caregivers Have Resources for Care of Arthritis

July 7, 2011

Family caregivers are aware that many of their seniors suffer from the pain and immobility of arthritis symptoms.  Fortunately, there are actions that can be taken to help our seniors maintain an active and comfortable lifestyle.

Following an exercise regimen may help in managing some types of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis:  Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis are most likely to appear slowly and can range from moderate to severe.  Typically, achy joints that may be painful or stiff are some of the early symptoms.

It is believed that excess weight, injury or overuse of joints could lead to osteoarthritis.  Exercise that focuses on flexibility, aerobic training and strengthening are sometimes recommended by physicians.

Rheumatoid ArthritisThis type of arthritis not only affects the joints but it can affect other parts of the body such as eyes, mouths or lungs.  Additionally, this disease is considered symmetrical and systemic in nature.  Some of the more familiar symptoms may include warm joints, decreased range of motion, fatigue, anemia, loss of appetite or a low-grade fever.

 

Fibromyalgia:  This arthritis type has varied symptoms that can range from vague complaints such as chronic headaches or stomachaches.  Additionally, pain in the joints and tenderness among muscles and nerves are attributed to fibromyalgia.  Additionally, interruption in sleep may lead to severe fatigue.

Please watch the following video for a more detailed discussion about arthritis.

For additional information about managing arthritis, please visit the Arthritis Foundation.   Locally, Houston’s chapter of the Arthritis Foundation offers events and resources that may be helpful.

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Chris Lerch, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Houston

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.

 

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Chris M. Lerch, Owner

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.

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