Are you experiencing pain in your hand joints while opening a glass jar? Possibly, these are the symptoms of arthritis that can cause pain and stiffness in your joints and make your work harder.
Causes of Hand Arthritis
The condition arises due to wear and tear of joints. Cartilage that acts like a cushion in between the bones gets worn down due to which the bones rub against each other, thus causing the development of arthritis.
Prevalence of Disease
Older people, women in comparison to men and obese people, are more prone to develop the disease. For seniors, the pain of arthritis is a daily occurrence. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that half people over the age of 65 have some form of arthritis reported.
It has become one of the most chronic diseases in the U.S; by the number, it has affected almost the entire population in one or the other form. It has become number one cause of disability amongst the U.S senior citizens. Doctors predict a 49% increase in the cases of hand arthritis by the year 2040.
Common symptoms are pain and stiffness in the joints that is worse in the morning. Bending causes more problems, especially for hand arthritis. Other symptoms include the formation of bony bumps near the finger joints. Bouchard’s nodes at the middle joint and Heberden’s nodes at the finger tip. Formation of cysts, clicking, cracking, swelling and redness are other such painful symptoms.
Exercise and physiotherapy are the best possible ways to get relief from pain. Assistive devices that help to hold hand in a stable position is also effective. Treating the joints with ice helps to reduce swelling while heat and paraffin bath helps to loosen up the joints.
Managing Hand Arthritis for Senior Citizens
Living with swollen hands can be very painful, especially for the seniors. It makes them difficult to perform routine tasks, thus elderlies who suffer from such conditions need to take proper care of themselves and follow the below given strategies to cope with the disease:
- Keep walking: whenever you get time, take a 5-10 minutes’ walk. Do not sit for longer hours in the same position; stretch your body after every 15 minutes.
- Avoid stress: keep yourself away from the positions and movements that can put stress on your joints.
- Use your inner strength: try to use your strongest muscles for work to protect finger and wrist joints such as shoulder and hip joints.
- Make your life simple: get rid of unnecessary activities in your life. Keep yourself engaged only in the necessary ones. Think and be positive.
- Keep yourself Motivated: don’t lose hope, think that you can become better with the daily tasks performed.
- Educate others: make a balance and make others aware of your condition, advice on what to follow and what not, so that they may not face the same problem at an early age.
Treatment is an option for everything, but there are people who age well without developing the disease.
Eat healthy and stay fit!