Living with Osteoarthritis

Elderly Care in Woodland CA

Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a disease that causes entire joints to deteriorate, including the joint lining, ligaments, cartilage, and bone. It occurs when the cartilage begins to breakdown, the tendons and ligaments begin to change, and the joint lining becomes inflamed. OA is most commonly found in the hands, feet, spine, knees, and hips of older adults.Elderly-Care-in-Woodland-CA

OA can cause elders a great deal of pain, making it difficult for them to continue doing their everyday tasks. Because of this, many of these seniors need assistance from family members or elderly care providers. If your loved one has been diagnosed with OA, here is some information that will help you provide the care they need.

 

Risk Factors

If your loved one has any of these factors, they are at a high risk for developing OA.

  • Mature age
  • Family history of OA
  • Being obese
  • Repetitively using the same joints or suffering from a previous traumatic joint injury
  • Joint deformity, like knocked knees or bowlegs

 

Diagnoses

Your loved one will probably be referred to a specialist, known as a rheumatologist. This doctor is experienced in diagnosing and treating arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints, bones, and muscles. A team of medical professionals may also be needed to help treat the elder’s condition, such as a physical therapist, doctor, and occupational therapist. A physical exam, x-rays, or other imaging tests may be used to get formal diagnoses of the OA.

 

Treatment

This condition can be treated by using one of the following methods:

  • Healthy lifestyle changes. If the elder is obese, that alone could be causing their OA symptoms. By eating healthy, exercising, and losing the extra weight, their joint pain may completely disappear.
  • Prescriptions. This does not just mean pills, but some seniors have found topical creams and injections to be just as successful. Talk to the elder’s doctor to find out which drug is the best option for them.
  • Surgery. This is typically a treatment option that is only used for the most severe cases. An arthroscopy may be used to repair the joint through small incisions. If the joint can’t be repaired, it may need to be completely replaced.
  • Supplements. There are some natural supplements that may also be helpful at treating OA pain. The most commonly used are calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. To ensure that they will not cause a drug reaction to occur, consult with the elder’s doctor to make sure it is safe to take with their other prescriptions.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Woodland, CA, please contact the caring staff at Support for Home. Proudly Serving Sacramento, Yolo, Placer & El Dorado Counties. Call Today (916) 482-8484 or (530) 792-8484

 

Source:  http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Osteoarthritis

Jason Wu, President

President at Support for Home
I first became aware of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago when my grandmother was diagnosed with this disease.I saw firsthand how critical it was to have a loving family or caregiver to ensure my grandmother’s safety and daily well-being.My grandmother was fortunate enough to have close family members who cared for her as her Alzheimer’s disease progressed.

Since then, I have had a strong interest in helping and supporting our senior community as they age and are unable to care for themselves.Coming from a family of physicians, I am excited to be involved in the medical community by providing the highest levels of non-clinical in-home care to our clients and their families.With my work experience, I firmly believe that Support For Home can touch many lives and have a great impact on our local senior community.

Prior to joining Support For Home, I worked in a wide variety of industries and have owned multiple businesses ranging from construction to mortgage banking.Outside of work, I am an active youth soccer and basketball coach, having coached recreational soccer for over 8 years and elementary school basketball for over 4 years.I graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.My career has been focused on building great organizations that deliver the highest absolute levels of service to our clients.I look forward to continuing this passion with Support For Home.

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