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Osteoarthritis – What is it and Does Your Loved one Have it?

Senior Care in Coral Gables FL

Millions of people are affected by osteoarthritis throughout the world, making it the most popular form of arthritis. This condition develops when the cartilage that is located at the ends of the bones begins to wear down over time. It can occur anywhere in the body, but is most commonly found in the hands, hips, spine, and knees. It can be extremely painful to live with, making it nearly impossible to do simple, everyday tasks. A senior care provider may be needed to help with these responsibilities.Senior-Care-in-Coral-Gables-FL

The earlier the elder gets diagnosed with osteoarthritis, the sooner they can get treated in order to slow down the painful progression of this condition. Here is some information on the condition in order to give you a better idea of whether or not your loved one should be seen by the doctor.

 

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of osteoarthritis includes:

  • Joints that seem to be tender, especially when pressure is applied to it
  • Stiffness or the inability to move the joint in a full range of motion
  • Hard lumps that have begun to form around the joints, which are actually extra bits of bone
  • A grating sensation may be heard or felt when trying to move the joint
  • Pain during or after movement

These symptoms usually goes away for a while, but will reappear at another time. However, let the doctor know if the joint stiffness and pain does not go away.

 

Risk Factors

If your loved one has any of the following risk factors, they have a high chance of developing osteoarthritis.

  • Previous injuries to the joints
  • Being obese, since the extra weight puts added pressure on the joints
  • Occupations that require repetitive motions
  • Having deformed bone formations or defective cartilage
  • Family history of osteoarthritis
  • Being a woman
  • Having an advanced age

 

Diagnosis

Before performing one of the following exams, the doctor will want to closely inspect the affected joint in order to find out if it is swollen, red, or tender.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): A strong magnetic field and radio waves are used to create detailed images of the soft tissues and bones. This method is usually not only used to diagnose osteoarthritis, but can be helpful in providing more information for complex cases.
  • X-rays: While cartilage does not show up on x-rays, it will reveal if there is cartilage loss by looking at the narrowing of space between the joints. X-rays can also diagnose osteoarthritis before the elder experiences symptoms.

Blood exams and joint fluid analysis may also be helpful in determining if your loved one has this condition.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Coral Gables, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

 

Source:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/home/ovc-20198248

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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