Living with Osteoarthritis

+THE BASICS
Osteoarthritis is one of the more common types of arthritis in which there is a breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. In seniors, Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but it occurs most often in knees, hips, lower back and neck, small joints of the fingers and the bases of the thumb and toe. The most common OA symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. Other symptoms may include joint swelling and limited range of motion of affected joints in elderly patients. Unlike some other types of arthritis, Osteoarthritis does not affect the vital organs.
+MANAGING YOUR DAY
Exercise, efforts to decrease joint stress and pain medications can help you in management of osteoarthritis. Adequate rest and Mobility Support products, such as splints, canes, walkers, and sleeves/braces can be helpful in relieving stress on the joints. Finger splints can support individual joints of the fingers. Paired with Paraffin wax dips, warm water soaks, and compression gloves, these help in dealing with joints of the hands. The spine can be supported with a neck collar, lumbar corset or a firm mattress, depending on the areas involved. Grab bars and handrails provide a comfortable grip and help maintain stability while getting into and out of the bath or shower, thereby avoiding accidents. View the Daily Living aids that help in de-stressing the joints.