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How to Know if Your Senior Loved One Has Arthritis

When considering Bridgewater senior care, you’ll want a provider with caregivers who can help your senior loved one stay comfortable at home no matter what ailments he or she may be experiencing. Arthritis is just one of many physical conditions affecting seniors and resulting in the need for professional in-home care. Here are a few signs that may indicate your loved one has developed arthritis.


The amount of pain your loved one feels may vary depending on the type of arthritis he or she has. Many seniors who have arthritis find they have throbbing pain in their joints that often gets worse with activity and is alleviated by resting, which usually indicates osteoarthritis. Inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis can make a joint sensitive and tender or cause significant swelling.


Arthritis can cause the development of bone spurs or sacks of fluid in the joints. If your loved one notices bumps around his or her joints that may be sensitive to touch, he or she may have rheumatoid arthritis. A common place to find these lumps is in the finger joints, but they can also occur on other body parts. 


Seniors who have arthritis almost always develop stiffness in their joints. If your loved one is experiencing joint stiffness, he or she can determine if arthritis is the cause by checking and comparing the affected joint to the joint on the other side of the body. Your loved one may also find he or she is stiffer in the morning or after an extended period of sitting in the same position. Using anti-inflammatory medication or heat therapy can often alleviate stiff joints. 


When the joint cartilage starts to disintegrate, the sleek lining covering the rough bones starts to fade away. The bone will eventually become exposed and the joint may no longer move freely. Your loved one may hear or even feel a grinding sensation if his or her cartilage has started to wear away, which can cause a great deal of discomfort. To check if this might be the reason for your loved one’s pain, place his or her hands on the problem joint. Next, have your loved one lean forward and backward to see if there is any grinding sensation in his or her joint. 

Though arthritis can be difficult to live with, the right care can ensure your loved one maintains a high quality of life. A Bridgewater caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help your loved one with activities that may be more difficult to accomplish with the development of arthritis, including cooking, cleaning, exercise, and grooming. All of our caregivers are also trained in the Balanced Care Method, a holistic approach to promoting physical and mental health. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 908.450.9400 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.