Helpline: Arthritis - Relief Support
Arthritis, Importance of Caregiving, and Challenges
Arthritis refers to health conditions whereby different body joints become inflamed, creating chronic pain, and stiffness. There are different types of arthritis. The common types include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Severe arthritis can limit the mobility of a person, making them dependent on caregivers for day-to-day activities. In most cases, a person who has arthritis receives caregiving from a family member or close friend. An essential duty of a caregiver is to help the person with methods to relieve discomfort and chronic pain.
As a caregiver for someone with arthritis, you should expand your knowledge about the disease, understanding its symptoms, stages, and care strategies. ExtendaTouch is an online support group where you can meet and get help from other caregivers who have been through the same situation. You can ask our members as to what arthritis relief strategies are useful and effective.
Arthritis Relief Tips You can Use as a Caregiver
Many new caregivers experience difficulties when it comes to arthritis relief methods. But don’t worry – you’re not alone in this. ExtendaTouch is your helpline to connect with and get help from our more experienced and unpaid fellow caregivers for arthritis relief tips and strategies. Just request contact with our helpline member who relates and start discussing your problems and ideas.
Some of the effective relief methods that work for many people with arthritis include the following:
- Weight loss: Excess weight means extra pressure on body joints. Help your loved one lose some weight to reduce the stress on their joints. It will help with mobility and joint pain.
- Exercise: Make an exercise routine for the person having arthritis and help them follow a routine. Exercises keep the joints flexible and strengthen the muscles and ligaments, which can help will mobility. However, avoid high-impact activities like running and walking as these can lead to more damage.
- Other methods: Hot and cold treatments can reduce arthritis pain. Consider applying a heating pad on the affected joints and use cold treatments like gel ice packs to reduce swelling and pain.