You may have an elderly person residing in your home who is looking for new ways to improve mobility, reduce chronic pain or stay fit and active. As people age, it’s quite natural to expect certain changes in their mobility levels. Due to limited mobility, these people may face serious difficulties in getting from one floor to the next. Staying physically active through regular exercise can help them successfully handle painful degenerative conditions associated with age.
Often, people with reduced physical activity get stuck in a wheelchair or else reach a specific point wherein they are not able to walk properly due to different progressive conditions such as arthritis in their back and hips resulting in chronic joint pain and swelling. Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that more than 52.5 million Americans are diagnosed with arthritis and this number is expected to increase further.
The treatment modalities for this condition may vary from one person to another and may depend on the intensity of pain and severity of symptoms. Studies have highlighted the prominent role of consistent, moderate and low impact physical therapy exercises in alleviating pain and loss of movement associated with arthritis and other related health conditions.
As per recommendations from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, older patients need to undergo at least 30-minutes of exercise a day in order to get relief from chronic back pain caused by arthritis, osteoporosis or joint replacements. Physical inactivity can lead to several other conditions such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Regular exercise combined with a healthy diet can slow down the progression of muscular degeneration and extend mobility thereby reducing the likelihood of falls.
Often, arthritis patients feel that they should limit their movement or they may end up experiencing more pain. This is a total misconception because when people stop movement, their cartilage degenerates more quickly than when they are moving. Reliable healthcare centers offer regular exercise programs under the guidance of trained physical therapists/chiropractors that help in better pain management and improving function. Strengthening exercises help to strengthen the muscles thus improving their flexibility. These include stability muscle exercises that are usually low intensity – long duration type exercises. Stretching exercises can reduce pain and stiffness as they help to identify the muscles that cause pain when they are tight and inflexible.