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Frequently Asked Questions and Facts about Arthritis

By January 8, 2024February 26th, 2024No Comments
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five American adults have arthritis, which means tens of millions of Americans are affected by arthritis each day. It helps to know common facts about this ailment, whether you or a loved one has this condition.

Can Home Health help with arthritis?

Yes, home health care is an excellent choice for a wide range of injuries and illnesses, including chronic conditions like arthritis. Home health nurses and physical therapists can provide guidance on how to lessen and control pain, minimize joint damage, and improve or maintain your quality of life. Whether you need extra support through Utah hospice, Active Home Health, Hospice & Personal Care provides free in-home consultations and tailored plans to meet your needs.

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition of the joint or tissue causing swelling, tenderness, or inflammation. It causes pain and stiffness and can affect one or more areas. There are over one hundred different types of arthritis, and symptoms differ by type. The most common forms of arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis generally causes pain and stiffness in and around the affected joint or joints. However, specific types of arthritis have different symptoms. Sometimes, symptoms intensify gradually or can develop suddenly. Symptoms can also come and go or last for a long time. Medications, lifestyle changes, injuries, health, and smoking can affect the severity of arthritis. Age, gender, and genetics are also risk factors.

How does arthritis feel?

Arthritis feels like pain and stiffness in the joints. The pain and stiffness can be concentrated in a specific area or a general pain that covers a larger area. The affected area can also feel swollen and affect mobility. Some types of arthritis can feel fine some days and painful the next. Other kinds grow worse over time. A bacterial or viral infection in the joints causes some forms of arthritis. If you notice redness, pain, and swelling in a particular area, visit your doctor or healthcare provider.

Is arthritis a normal part of aging?

Though arthritis is a common ailment among adults, it is not inevitable. Less than half of the elderly population in the U.S. develop arthritis. Some live their whole lives and never experience arthritis. For others, it is minimal and manageable throughout their life.

Is arthritis a sign of another illness?

Arthritis can be an ailment caused by injury or infection. It can also signify another illness, particularly chronic autoimmune disorders like lupus or psoriasis. Joint pain is also a symptom of many diseases, including ALS. There are many different types of arthritis, and not all are a sign of another illness.

Arthritis FAQs - Active Home Health and Hospice

How can I alleviate arthritis pain?

When treating arthritis, controlling pain, minimizing joint damage, and maintaining physical activity to maintain quality of life is crucial. The best ways for you to alleviate arthritis pain include:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Regular physical activity
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Patient education

Can home health help treat arthritis patients?

Home health care nurses and physical therapists are trained and mindful of the best ways to treat arthritis patients and help alleviate pain and stiffness. They can craft a specific healthcare plan for your needs regarding arthritis and other chronic illnesses or injuries. If you live in Utah and need help with daily tasks or weekly check-ins, Active Home Health, Hospice & Personal Care has a caring, affordable team ready to help.

Where can I find out more information about arthritis?

Consult your trusted registered nurse or doctor to learn more about arthritis. You can also learn more from trusted online sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mayo Clinic.

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