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5 Early Signs of Arthritis

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

Many older adults are affected by arthritis. It’s a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. It can happen in just one joint or in multiple joints all over the body. There are many different kinds of arthritis, but among the most common is osteoarthritis, which is caused by damage to the cartilage at the ends of the bones. While arthritis is treatable, older adults first have to recognize when their joint pain might be a problem. Below are five signs your aging relative could have arthritis.


#1 Pain in Joints

The symptom most commonly associated with arthritis is joint pain. In fact, it’s the symptom that leads most people with arthritis to initially go to the doctor. How the senior describes the pain can differ depending on the kind of arthritis they have and how bad it is. In most cases, people say the pain is an aching feeling that gets worse when they are physically active but feels better when they rest.


#2 Swollen Joints

When someone has arthritis, you may sometimes notice that one of their joints looks larger than normal. Swelling can also be caused by an injury, so if your aging relative has a swollen joint, it’s important to first ask if they have injured themselves. If there has been no injury, the swelling could signal arthritis.


#3 Stiff Joints

When a person has arthritis, their joints might feel stiff when they wake up in the morning or when they have been resting for a while. Once they start moving around, the joint begins to feel better. Joint stiffness may also be alleviated with a hot pack or by taking medications that relieve inflammation.


#4 Warmth and Redness

When joints are inflamed, they can feel warm to the touch or look red. Because warmth and redness might also be symptoms of an infection, the senior should see a doctor.


#5 Grinding Feeling

When cartilage breaks down, it leaves the bone exposed. Since bone is rougher than the smooth cartilage that normally protects it, the older adult might experience a grinding feeling when they move the joint.


If your aging relative suffers from arthritis pain, an elderly care provider can help. Since arthritis symptoms are often worsened with activity, having an elderly care provider to complete some of their household tasks will allow them to rest. Also, if the senior’s hands are affected, an elderly care provider can help with things that require manual dexterity, such as tying shoes and buttoning clothing. Elderly care providers can also assist older adults with arthritic knees and hips to avoid falling when they walk by offering them a steadying arm and helping them to stand and sit.

Sources

https://www.verywell.com/signs-of-arthritis-2549251
https://www.healthline.com/health/early-symptoms-arthritis
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350772

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care in Suwanee, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.