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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Courtesy of Russell R Van Hemert DC
Caring for Someone With Arthritis
Advice From a Physical Therapist
Updated February 11, 2018
Caring for a friend or family member with arthritis can be a challenging—yet rewarding—experience. Your loved one may have difficulty managing various components of the disease process, and being available as a trusted ally in their care can make a positive difference. But what are the best ways to help someone with arthritis?
If you have arthritis, then you know how the stiffness and pain can limit your ability to move and function properly.
The pain from arthritis can prevent you from walking properly, using your hands and arms, and enjoying your normal work and recreational activities. Encouraging family members and friends to help with your care can ensure that you manage your condition well and remain functionally independent as long as possible.
Effects of Arthritis
There are different types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and everyone experiences different symptoms of varying levels of severity when they have arthritis. Some common traits of arthritis may include:
Your loved one may have trouble with some tasks that may seem basic, or he or she may have difficulty managing activities that require the use of the legs, arms, or both. Understanding how their arthritis affects their day-to-day functional mobility can help you provide the best care for your friend or loved one.
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There are some things that you can do (or simply keep in mind) when caring for someone with arthritis. These may include:
Keep in mind that your friend or loved one may go through periods where your care and assistance is welcomed and times when they wish to go it alone.
Try to remain flexible in your care, providing help when it is absolutely necessary and when it is welcomed.
How Physical Therapy Can Help
Physical therapists are considered movement experts, and most are trained to assess and treat people with various forms of arthritis. If your friend or loved one has arthritis, encouraging them to visit a PT is a great way to learn strategies to effectively manage their condition.
If your loved one is going to therapy, ask if it is acceptable to tag along and see what is done. Be sure to remain non-obtrusive, but perhaps ask a few questions to get some pointers on how you can assist your loved one in their arthritis management.
Arthritis can be a tricky disease to manage, as it affects everyone differently with variable symptoms. Watching a friend or loved one struggle with arthritis management can be difficult, so finding ways to help can ensure that your friend or family member has the right support necessary to properly treat the symptoms and functional impairments that come with arthritis.
Feldthusen, C. et al. Effects of person-centered physical therapy on fatigue-related variables in persons with rheumatoid arthritis: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Phys Med and Rehab: 97(1); 2016: 26-36.
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