Actively managing joint pain in elders

jointpainUntil a few decades ago, people believed that progressive blindness was an unavoidable consequence of aging. Not anymore. With easy cataract operations and other advances in corrective surgery, vision is no longer such a big problem for most senior citizens.

Similarly, in today’s world, most elders believe non-specific joint pain is inevitable. This, again, need not be true. While many of the underlying reasons for joint pain such as arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, loss of muscle, and stiff and brittle tendons and ligaments cannot be completely reversed with medication or surgery, appropriate footwear, seats and cushions, orthopaedic support devices and supplements can help alleviate joint pain to a large extent.

Take for example, one of the most common pain areas – the knee. A lot of strain is put on the knee during the acts of sitting down and getting up – especially in the toilet. A lot of relief can be got by using simple devices such as toilet raisers and appropriately fixed grab bars which can ensure reduced pressure on the knees. Similarly, knee supports and braces can go a long way in reducing pain and deferring knee replacement operations. Also, Collagen peptide supplements have been shown to reduce joint pain especially for people with acute pain.

Another common problem for many people is back pain – especially in the lumbar region. A wide variety of cushions, back support devices, belts and corsets are available that can relieve such chronic pain. In addition, minor adjustments in lifestyle and choice of chairs can lead to perceptible reduction in pain in a short period of time.

Similarly, regular exercise, massage and yoga can help you regain your flexibility and even muscle tone to an extent.

So whether it is your heel or arch of the foot, ankle, knee or hip, coccyx or tailbone, small of the back/lumbar region, upper back or neck, there are easy to use solutions available that can dramatically reduce your pain and improve the quality of your life.

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