More than 50 percent of seniors over the age of 65 will experience some form of arthritis in at least one of their joints. It is important to be aware of arthritis symptoms to ensure your elderly loved one receives the treatment he or she needs. Here are the top 4 symptoms and how they can affect your loved one, brought to you by the staff at Home Care Assistance of Chandler.
1. Joint Pain
If your loved one is experiencing pain in his or her joints, in addition to a burning feeling, he or she may have some form of arthritis. Although this pain can come and go, many seniors feel it constantly until they seek treatment from a doctor. This type of pain is often caused by inflammation, which can lead to infections and even cancer of the joint if not treated properly.
2. Joint Stiffness
Often accompanying joint pain, stiffness of the joints can make it difficult for your loved one to perform daily routines. Stiffness is usually most noticeable in the morning and can ease up after an hour or two, but it can also last all day. It may be felt in fingers or hands, wrists, elbows, or anywhere else joints are found on the body.
3. Deformed Joints
Some seniors’ joints may swell and begin to look like they are the wrong shape. As arthritis progresses, the joints can become severely deformed. This is known as rheumatoid arthritis, and it can restrict your loved one’s movement and cause a great deal of pain.
4. Grating Sensation
This symptom, often referred to as crepitus, occurs due to the roughening of the surfaces inside the joints, which are normally smooth. Your loved one may not only feel this sensation, but hear it as well. While some people only experience the popping sound, others may have more severe effects. The pain may become difficult to manage and your loved one may have limited movement, usually in the knee. Treatment is necessary to restore normal joint function.
Even though there is no cure for arthritis, there are changes seniors can make to their diets and exercise routines to help alleviate its symptoms. Many of these changes can be managed through the help of an in-home caregiver. For trusted hourly and live-in care in Chandler, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help your loved one with a wide variety of daily tasks, from meal preparation and light housekeeping to physical assistance and medication reminders. For more information, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 480.448.6215 to schedule a complimentary consultation.