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Degenerative Arthritis Pain Has Met Its Match!

It is a group none of us want to join, even so, as many as 10 million Americans have become members: sharing a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. Resulting from the wearing away of cartilage over time, osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, frequently impacts bigger joints, such as the knees, and can be debilitating to a senior’s quality of life. With three primary recommended treatment solutions – over-the-counter drugs to help reduce inflammation such as ibuprofen, prescription painkillers such as tramadol, or physical therapy – many people with osteoarthritis have resigned themselves to a life of limping, suffering, modified exercise levels, and not surprisingly, chronic pain.

And despite the fact that knee replacement surgery may be beneficial for some people, not all arthritis sufferers are suitable; or, the potential risks associated with such an invasive treatment are too great, especially for aging adults. Now, however, an impressive new treatment has entered the arena, and offers great relief from chronic pain and without the potential risks or unwanted side effects of the other options. Referred to as cooled radio frequency ablation (“Coolief”), the procedure works by “…changing the wiring of the knee…taking away the pain signal and interrupting it,” according to Dr. Amin Sandeep, a pain specialist at Rush University Medical Center. The impressive reduction in soreness, swelling and stiffness also makes it possible for many patients to reduce their need for prescription medications and to return to – or get started on – a more active lifestyle, resulting in better overall health and wellbeing.

Comparable to injections of cortisone, long-lasting but temporary respite from aches and pains is typically achieved for a period of around six to twelve months. Necessitating only local anesthetic, the treatment is performed on an outpatient basis within as few as 40 minutes. Potential risks and recovery time are minimal, however it’s important to note that the process does not alter, slow down, or stop the progress of degenerative arthritis. But for many, quality of life is greatly enhanced as pain is diminished significantly.

Are you or an elderly loved one dealing with the effects of degenerative arthritis? A little support will go a considerable way towards improving well being for seniors with chronic health concerns such as osteoarthritis and various other conditions of aging, whether through assisting with housekeeping and doing the laundry, taking care of buying groceries and preparing meals, ensuring prescribed medicines are taken exactly as prescribed, or simply just providing friendly companionship to cheer up the day. Contact the San Diego senior care experts at Endeavor Home Care to learn more ways that we can assist!

Arthritis Pain Making It Hard to Exercise? We Have a Solution!

arthritis Older adults are no exception to the rule that we should exercise and stay active to maintain health. But if you are battling arthritis, it can be difficult to maintain a good amount of exercise because of pain.

Fortunately, the latest recommendations ease back on the intensity of activity for seniors with arthritis, specifying that as little as just 45 minutes of physical activity weekly is enough to attain and maintain a high level of functionality – and much less overwhelming for people who have a tendency to steer clear of exercise.

As outlined by Northwestern University professor Dorothy Dunlop, “For those older people suffering from arthritis who are minimally active, a 45-minute minimum might feel more realistic.”

In spite of these scaled-back recommendations, unfortunately, as few as 10% of the elderly fighting the challenges of arthritis are accomplishing this level of activity. However, participants in a recent study who achieved the 45-minute level of moderate exercise per week showed an astounding 80% increase in sustained or improved functionality over a 2-year period of time, compared with people who were less active. And it was confirmed that even though any amount of exercise is better than nothing, the 45-minute weekly guideline is optimal.

Needless to say, always check with the older adult’s physician before beginning or modifying any activity or exercise program. With his or her consent, a great place to get started is with the Arthritis Foundation’s app, Walk With Ease, which includes goal-setting, progress-tracking, a handbook and sample online videos to demonstrate the exercises. Setting aside designated times daily for physical activity, and turning it into a top priority, may help make certain exercise becomes an ingrained routine and boosts the possibility of its success.

Additionally you can partner with Endeavor Home Care, the Arizona home care experts, for a companion to help encourage and motivate participation in an exercise program. It’s always more fun with a friend! We can also offer transportation and accompaniment to exercise programs, to parks or other outdoor locations for enjoyable walks together, to doctors’ appointments, and more. Call us at (480) 535-6800 to learn more.