Chronic Arthritis in the Elderly

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Chronic Arthritis in the Elderly
Management

6/1/2013
By: Kendra Chapman

Topic: Management of Chronic Arthritis in the Elderly
University Of Phoenix
HCA/220
Date: June 1, 2013
By: Kendra

When reading this article on the Management of Chronic Arthritis in the elderly I found that when you hit the half way mark that arthritis is one of the main diseases that they might have to face and is also one of the number one causes that concerns the elderly. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet. It affects the musculoskeletal system, especially the joints and it is the main cause of disability among people over fifty-five years of age in the industrialized countries. There also can be causes of chronic pain; advanced age increases the risk of certain health disorders that causes chronic pain. For older adults who live independently chronic pain can have devastating and wide-spread effects, threating the quality of life, imposing steep economics and social costs and also leading to personal strain. Compliance with drug therapy can be a challenge. Many elderly mistakenly think they should take analgesics only when pain becomes unbearable, and some fear they will become addicted to them. But the emphasize the importance of taking pain medication to keep ahead of pain rather than waiting until the pain becomes unbearable. When they use Nonpharmacologic pain management they become more open to using this method to manage pain, and teaches them to exercise and relaxation. There are many diagnoses of arthritis which have been found in the elderly like Osteoarthritis which is chronic inflammatory disease of the joints, like the large weight bearing joints like knees, hips and also of the joints that move repeatly like the shoulders, neck, and hands. Other diseases would be Tendonitis, Bursitis, and Inflammatory…...

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