United Lutheran Parish
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Many people suffer from arthritis. The most common type is osteoarthritis. It is a degenerative disease that affect the joints. Although there is no cure there are many things that can be done to decrease the pain and stiffness.
-being over weight
-history of injury or surgery to a joint
-over use from repetitive movements
-congenital joint problems -family history
Symptoms may involve
Diagnosis a visit to your primary care provider—he/she will ask
-symptoms and medical history
-do physical exam
-x-ray and other imaging tests
-other lab test to rule
out other causes for your symptoms
Treatment and pain management
-exercise can reduce joint pain and increase flexibility, strength, and endurance. Walking is a good exercise.
Always check with your physician about specifications of exercise program
-weight control losing a few pounds can decrease stress on joints -medication—some over the counter and prescription medication available as well as joint injections and creams
-surgery—if other treatments fail, sometimes an osteotomy or joint replacement can help
-complementary therapy—such as massage can relieve pain but check with your physician if this would be helpful steps to manage pain
Apply heat or icepack for comfort
-use cane or walker—use other devices to relieve pain and promote function as jar opener, reacher, etc
-practice good posture
-make several trips to keep load small in taking groceries to house, etc
-avoid repetitive activities the aggravate pain such as bending from the waist
-join a support group if available.
Information taken from and summarized – National Institution, Aging on Osteoarthritis
Dear Lord, thank you for caregivers. Give each strength and understanding caring for all of us. Amen
United Lutheran Parish Nurse