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Most Common Causes of Arthritis in Elderly

If you provide home care for an elderly parent in Columbus, perhaps you’ve noticed him or her complaining about joint pain. Chances are, the arthritis pain started small and gradually grew worse over time or was even bearable for a while before becoming a serious problem. It can be tricky to pinpoint direct causes of arthritis, as each person’s life experiences are different from the next, but here are a few of the major causes that lead to arthritis.

Aging and General Wear and Tear

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is often directly linked to the general wear and tear that the body experiences by simply existing. It may be too late to prevent the onset of arthritis—and, truth be told, there are no foolproof preventative measures—but making a few lifestyle changes, like starting a low-impact exercise program and taking various supplements for joint health, may help slow the progression of arthritis and relieve of some the symptoms.

Injury

Often referred to as post-traumatic arthritis, inflammation in your senior loved one’s joints may be the result of an injury earlier in his or her life like a sports mishap, car crash, or even a random clumsy accident. This injury may have happened when your loved one was much younger and he or she shrugged it off after the initial healing process, but the risk of the injury leading to arthritis is significant.

Genetics 

Rheumatoid arthritis is generally accepted as being caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors. RA, one of the most common types of arthritis, is considered an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints, resulting in pain and inflammation. RA is also more common in women, with three times as many women diagnosed than men.

If arthritis symptoms are making everyday activities like cooking, cleaning, or personal grooming challenging for your elderly loved one, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly, live-in, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care in Columbus, ensure seniors have the help they need regardless of their personal capabilities. To learn how our home care services can help your loved one maintain a high quality of life, please give us a call at (614) 481-8888 and speak with a friendly Care Manager.