Improving quality of life with arthritis
Contrary to popular belief, arthritis is not a single disease. Infact, there are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting 1 in 4 American adults, but can affect people of all ages. While living with any form of arthritis can be challenging, there are many assistive devices that can help you maintain and oftentimes improve your quality of life. Keep reading to find out more about how they can be used to help you reduce pain and protect your joints from further damage.
Hot and cold therapy is a simple, inexpensive option to help relieve pain and stiffness from arthritis. In general, cold packs constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the affected area. It is particularly helpful for reducing the joint inflammation and swelling that is common with rheumatoid arthritis. Cold therapy also acts as a local anesthetic to numb the area and reduce sensitivity to pain. On the other hand, warmth stimulates blood flow to the area, which eases painful muscle spasms and joint stiffness.
Compression from arthritis gloves helps reduce swelling and joint stiffness in the fingers, especially during flares when you are feeling really uncomfortable. They also support the small joints of the fingers to help allow you to continue everyday activities and hobbies. For best results, wear them for at least 8 hours at a time and make sure that they fit well. Arthritis gloves that are too loose will not provide any benefit while gloves that are too tight will dig into your skin. Ask your doctor or therapist if you need help selecting the correct size!
Getting up from a chair is a struggle for many people with arthritis due to joint stiffness and pain. A power lifting recliner is a good option to maintain your independence and prevent falls. With the simple push of a button on the hand control, you can be gently lowered into the seat or raised to a standing position. When you are seated in the chair, you can adjust the recline angle and extend the foot rest so that you feel comfortable and supported. The VivaLift! Radiance power lifting recliner even has integrated heating pads for the back and legs to help ease the joint stiffness that is so common with arthritis.
The bathroom can be a dangerous place for people with arthritis. Creating an arthritis-friendly bathroom is essential for preventing falls and injuries in the home. For starters, wall-mounted grab bars are essential for people with stiff, painful joints, particularly in the tub/shower area. Next, a raised toilet seat with arms will make it easier for you to answer the call of nature. Finally, a shower chair provides a secure area to sit in a slippery shower or bathtub. Be sure to pick one that has a backrest and arms for security and support.
Sometimes arthritis damages joints to the point where you might need an assistive device to help you stay mobile, active, and safe. For instance, a walking cane is helpful when osteoarthritis affects one hip or knee. It allows you to offload the pressure that goes through that joint so you can get around with less pain. Make sure to pick one that is adjustable with a contoured hand grip like this folding cane. If both of your hips or knees are painful, however, you might need a walker for more support. A good choice is this foldable rollator with ergonomic hand grips, an integrated seat, and a handy storage bag. If your hands are too painful to support your body weight, though, an upright walker is a better option. You should definitely work with your doctor or therapist to choose the best mobility aid and make sure that you use it correctly.
Arthritis presents many physical challenges that can negatively impact your quality of life and independence. Fortunately, assistive devices and equipment can help you remain as active and productive as possible. Trying to find just the right lifting recliner or rollator can be a challenge, though, so the HomeCare Hospital Beds team of experts is ready to help! For more information, call us today at 877-414-0002 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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