"There are several types of exercises that you can do to help keep your muscles strong and reduce joint pain and stiffness: Aerobic activity strengthens your heart and lungs and builds your endurance. For aerobic exercise, you can: Walk outdoors through your neighborhood or on city paths. Or you can walk indoors on a treadmill or at the mall. Do water aerobics. You might try walking in water that is up to your waist or your chest (if walking outdoors or indoors isn't comfortable for you). The water helps take the weight off painful joints. And it provides some resistance. Swim at your local health club, YMCA, or neighborhood pool. Many locations offer classes designed for people with arthritis. Swimming is a great choice for people with hip or knee arthritis, because water takes weight off the joints while also providing some resistance."View Thread
It's at the borders of pain and suffering that the men are separated from the boys.
Welcome to the community! Please feel free to ask questions or look through our discussions. Many osteoarthritis suffers find it difficult to open jars or bend over to pick things up off the floor. Consider looking for devices that might help your mom in her daily living at first. The rubber jar gripper costs only a few dollars.
Many products carry the "Ease Of Use" stamp which means the product or packaging is made with arthritis suffers in mind. Even just a few changes can make your mother's life much nicer.
Hi 19Karen58 and welcome to the community. I am sorry you are in pain and hope you find relief soon.Please feel free to join our discussions.
While you wait for other members to reply, please look through this article that discusses osteoarthritis the basics .Which may give you a better understanding of what osteoarthritis is.
Have you looked into reducing swelling which can cause problems too? Here is some information about swelling.
Quote: "What Medications Are Used to Treat Osteoarthritis?
Medications may be prescribed to reduce pain caused by osteoarthritis. Pain-relieving medications include acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) and anti-inflammatory drugs (often called NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Celebrex. Some medications in the form of creams, rubs, or sprays may be applied over the skin of affected areas to relieve pain. For some people with persistent pain despite these pills or creams, steroids can be injected directly into the joint for pain relief. These injections are typically limited since prolonged use can lead to bone and cartilage deterioration and weakness."
I hope this helps, please let me know if you need more information.
Opening a jar should be a simple thing for all of us but sometimes osteoarthritis can make simple chores, a challenge. I love my rubber jar gripper because although I don't have osteoarthritis, large jars are still difficult for me to open.
Assistive devices are available for kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and even mobility. The Arthritis Foundation has an "Ease Of Use " section on their web site, to assist consumers suffering from arthritis, in finding products designed specifically for them. MedlinePlus has an "Assistive Device Directory " that can help you find many arthritis devices.
Our community can help each other by sharing what simple struggles we have and the solutions implemented to solve them.