Even when older adults follow the treatment for arthritis set by their doctors, they may still experience joint pain. Lessening joint pain can make life much more comfortable and enjoyable. There are several ways that seniors with arthritis can protect their joints to make daily life easier and less painful. Here are some tips for protecting arthritic joints.
Change the Way Things are Done
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic recommend that people with arthritis “respect the pain.” If something causes pain, seniors should think about changing the way they perform that activity. Continuing to do an activity despite pain could further injure the joint. However, that doesn’t mean seniors should avoid activity altogether, since that can cause stiffness. Instead, if pain persists for more than an hour after the activity, changes should be made to the way it’s done. For example, they might consider using an adaptive device or taking breaks periodically.
Practice Good Ergonomics
If your aging family member likes to spend time in front of the computer, make sure they are sitting properly to avoid strain on the neck, back, and wrists. They should be seated between 20 and 26 inches from the monitor, and the top of the monitor should be even with the top of their head. While typing, elbows should be at a comfortable 90-degree angle and wrists should be relaxed.
Wear Good Shoes
High heels might be pretty, but they can cause serious foot pain and strain knee joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, a three-inch heel causes seven times the stress on feet than a one-inch heel.
Eat More Fish
The omega-3 fatty acids in some fish, like salmon and mackerel, are great for joint health. Studies show they may even decrease pain and inflammation in arthritic joints. If your senior family member doesn’t care for fish, try fish oil supplements instead.
Use Larger Joints More Than Smaller Ones
Bigger joints are stronger, so they can take more weight. So, when seniors are carrying something, it makes more sense to use flat palms, which will distribute the weight over the forearms, instead of trying to grip it with the smaller joints in the fingers. Likewise, purses should be carried over the shoulder instead of gripped in the hand.
In addition to using some of these tips, having the help of an elderly care provider can help relieve the pain of arthritis. An elderly care provider can assist with tasks that are difficult because of joint pain, allowing the senior to save their strength for the activities they enjoy. Elderly care providers can also help remind seniors to lift and carry items properly.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Wall, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.