There May be Solutions for Your Arthritis Pain

October 3, 2014 in Our News & Bulletins by Sunlight Care

Research continues to show that a majority of retirees continue to believe that there is nothing health care practitioners can do about their arthritis pain – especially when arthritis affects their hands.  Arthritis can be tough to manage, but if arthritis in your hands is slowing you down, we encourage you to check with a doctor and a therapist.  Pain relieving hand creams such as topical capsaicin or trolamine salicylate are popular and effective.  In addition, new research shows that learning protective strategies and a hand exercise plan from a therapist improves results a great deal.  A study recently published in the scientific journal, the Annals of Rheumatoid Disorders, shows that people learning protective strategies from a therapist were 57% more likely to achieve important pain relief.  People learning hand exercises from a therapist were 53% more likely to achieve important pain relief.  Hand exercises took longer to show important benefits, so most retirees have to stick with the recommendations for six months before they can really start to feel the difference.  Everyone in the study was age 50 and over.

 

In the study, all participants received this book: http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/~/media/Files/Arthritis-information/Living-with-arthritis/2055-looking-after-your-joints.ashx. It starts out rather general, but provides some really good tips once you get into it.  But remember, the research study found that even learning from this book was no substitute for actual therapy.

 

For many of us, the improvements available through medicine and therapy still are not enough to make all activities reasonably achievable.  In these situations, remember our home care services to make sure your health, safety, and quality of life is always as good as it can be.

 

Source: Dziedzic K, Nicholls E, Hill S, et al. Self-management approaches for osteoarthritis in the hand: a 2×2 factorial randomised trial. Ann Rheum Dis. 2013; 01-11. Doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-203938.

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