What do you do to treat your osteoarthritis (OA)? If you say take a pain killer, you’re not alone. But the American College of Rheumatology begs to differ.
Their strongest recommendation for treatment of osteoarthritis is taking part in land-or water-based exercises and losing weight, if required. Both those measures reduce the risk of disability from OA as well as relieve your pain.
But a study of 1200 people with OA, published in Arthritis Care & Research, revealed that most of the people were overweight, and less than half had tried anything other than medication to manage their condition. Between 70 and 82% of participants relied on oral pain medication to manage their OA.
While the American College of Rheumatology’s recommendations for OA treatment include using acetaminophen or NSAIDs, using medication is only its secondary recommendation, not its primary one.
While the medications may help relieve pain, they certainly don’t stop progression of the disease, as exercise and weight loss do. Moreover, these medications can have serious side effects in seniors, who are disproportionately affected by OA.
At Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ, our care programs are designed specifically to meet the unique needs and interests of seniors and long-term care patients. We emphasize restorative care, maximizing each patient’s potential to regain and maintain function and mobility.
We foster an environment that is cheerful and enthusiastic, so residents truly relish and appreciate life.
Our outstanding Social Services team works hard to ensure that every resident thrives socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
We promote a culture of independence, crucial for emotional, social, and physical health. Residents are encouraged to choose their activity and meal preferences, and to perform tasks and activities as self-sufficiently as possible.
We carefully select, train and re-train our wonderful caregivers, who are especially sensitive to the needs of our long-term care patients. They treat residents with love, compassion, and dignity.
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