In our family of insurance we have the joy of continuing to share with our beloved grandparents, parents, uncles who are already at an advanced age .
It is they who nourish us with the most varied stories of a past time reminding us of how life was several years ago.
During the third age they are affected by various diseases and physical conditions that make them vulnerable and in need of special care.
This is the fault of a weakened and worn-out immune system, or of conditions that predispose genetic inheritance.
Next we will describe one of the main ailments suffered by people who pass through this stage.
We will also mention some tips that, of course, do not substitute the medical consultation or a timely medication.
They are recommended to help alleviate its effects by making this phase of our life as dignified as possible.
Among the degenerative diseases that affect them we can include:
It is one of the most common degenerative diseases. The passage of time can cause the wear of the articular cartilage which, in its normal state, allows the free movement of the joints.
This wear causes the rubbing of the bones, which causes pain and incapacitates the elderly to move freely.
This disease affects the following areas of the body to a greater extent:
Leading a sedentary life and excess weight makes people more likely to suffer from this disease , even at younger ages.
So far no cure for this evil has been found. Medical treatments range from the prescription of medicines for pain and inflammation to infiltrations applied directly to the affected region.
In more serious cases, where wear and pains are very severe, surgeries are performed to remove damaged components of the joint and replace them with prostheses.
The pain disappears but, when the prosthesis is placed, the joint loses mobility.
What palliative measures can we use?
Within the palliative measures we can mention the hydrotherapy and the massages.
Patients suffering from osteoarthritis are greatly benefited with rehabilitation treatments.
Although these will not eliminate the problem, they will give the patient an important relief of the symptoms, avoiding greater wear and tear, with the consequent improvement in their quality of life.
It will be the doctor who, after evaluating the patient and providing the necessary medication to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis, will be responsible for indicating the corresponding rehabilitation.
Hydrotherapy is a tool of physiotherapy used as a palliative measure in these cases.
It consists of performing therapeutic exercises in a conditioned and heated pool; at all times this routine will be guided by a physiotherapist.
This therapy helps to maintain and not keep losing the mobility of the joints. As there is no gravity in the water, the joint is not overloaded when performing an exercise routine in it.
In this way we avoid the damages that continue to occur when the body does not keep moving. The less physical activity the greater the deterioration and degeneration .
Another tool we have is massage. The person who suffers from this ailment presents periarticular musculature that is quite contracted and painful.
Massages performed by a professional help to relax and loosen those muscles afflicted by the deterioration of the joint, so that they reduce the discomfort in the patients.
Among the variety of plants that can help us, we choose chamomile in this case, due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
You can apply a little chamomile oil by gentle massage on the affected joint (get the oil at your trusted pharmacy or herbalists) to relieve the pain.
If we invest in our health today our body will thank us tomorrow .
A healthy life, without excess, with good eating habits and, of course, with constant physical activity can help us to reduce the seriousness of the consequences of the elderly.
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