Saturday, February 13, 2016
By Helen O'Keefe
Home Care Plus
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that causes intense pain and significantly inhibits a person’s mobility.
It is one of the most excruciating conditions that a person can suffer, and while there may be a perception that it is a disease exclusive to elderly people, the regrettable truth is that it affects people of all ages.
It is also frighteningly common – more than 1 out of every 5 American adults has been diagnosed with arthritis. That’s 52 million people, and it doesn’t count how many American children suffer from the condition.
Worse still, it is anticipated that this number will rise to 67 million in the next 15 years.
To the right, you will find both educational and practical information on some of the most common forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Each of these is explained in simple terms, with a series of likely causes and symptoms to help you identify which specific type is inflicting you.
The good news is that at least there are remedies for arthritis. These include losing weight, taking up non-strenuous exercises like yoga and swimming, and giving up smoking.
If you, or sometime you love, is suffering from arthritis, we hope you find this infographic relevant and valuable.
Home Care Plus is a private home care company based in Ireland, providing both long-term and short-term care to people of all ages. Its services include home help (running errands, companionship, light household chores), personal care (hygiene, getting into and out of bed, moving around), 24-hour live-in care, respite care to allow volunteer carers some much-needed rest, and palliative care to focus on relieving the suffering of patients.
For more information about Home Care Plus, please visit www.homecareplus.ie. You can also connect with the organization on Twitter (@Home_CarePlus).