Osteoarthritis is the main cause of disability in seniors in the United States. It currently affects 27 million Americans, and by 2030, that number is expected to jump to 70 million. The condition is caused when cartilage breaks down, allowing bones to rub together and resulting in increasing pain, stiffness, and possible damage to muscles and ligaments. Learn ways to reduce your risk below.
Getting plenty of exercise is one of the best treatment options for osteoarthritis. While many sufferers of this disease wince at the thought of increasing their activity, not using your joints is a good way to make your overall discomfort worse.
Exercise helps to strengthen muscles surrounding your joints. This strengthening can help to lessen pain and discomfort. In addition, being active causes a release of endorphins, which also helps to decrease pain. Try low-impact activities like yoga, water aerobics, swimming, walking, and biking.
In addition to helping reduce pain, exercise can help with another major factor contributing to osteoarthritis ? excess weight. Too much weight increases the pressure on your joints and can lead to inflammation, which increases pain.
Experts estimate that diet and exercise can reduce pain and increase mobility in osteoarthritis patients by 50%. Additionally, half of the patients with osteoarthritis in their knees can avoid the disease through proper weight management. Moreover, extra weight doesn?t just contribute to osteoarthritis. It can make the pain worse. Overweight patients suffer from more pain due to the disease than those who are of average weight.
Exercise and maintain a healthy weight to help reduce your risk of osteoarthritis. And for quality in-home care from caring professionals, just call Specialty Care Services.
If you have a loved one who needs specialized care due to arthritic pain, increased age, or any other reason, call Specialty Care Services for a consultation today. Our experienced caregivers are happy to offer in-home care that fits your needs.