Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from arthritis, according to MedicineNet.com. Of those individuals, nearly 21 million have osteoarthritis and over 2.1 million have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. More than half are under 65 years of age and nearly 60% are women, also according to the web site.
Arthritis is inflammation of one of more of your joints, note the medical specialists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The main symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, which generally worsen with age. The most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. Osteoarthritis causes cartilage – the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint – to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that first targets the lining of joints. Uric acid crystals, infections, or an underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis.
The types of medication used to treat arthritis vary depending on the type. Commonly used arthritis medications include: analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), counterirritants, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologics, and corticosteroids. In addition to the drugs listed above, physical therapy, regular exercise, splints or braces, weight loss, heat pads or ice packs, assistive devices (canes, walkers, raised toilet sets) or surgery can be helpful.
If you live in Rochester, MN or the surrounding area and your arthritis diagnosis has made it too difficult to take care of all of your daily needs, the compassionate and well-trained home health aides at Comfort Health are standing by to lend a hand. For example, maybe arthritis makes it too difficult for you to bathe and change the sheets on your bed. Comfort Health can help. Perhaps it’s too difficult for you to open the mail and pay your bills. Comfort Health can help. From grooming to light housekeeping and nearly everything in between, Comfort Health’s home health aides can make your life easier.
Comfort Health provides high-quality home health aides, skilled nursing, and therapy to folks in their own homes and in assisted-living facilities in the Rochester, MN area. For additional information, visit www.comforthealth.org or call 800-204-2332. If you suffer from arthritis, our well-trained and caring staff members are on call to make sure that you or your loved one is well cared for.
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