Anti aging guide

Mobility and Aging

 

 

Why arthritis is the most common cause of immobility and how to manage of arthritis with the right attitudes and help?

The ability to walk freely and safely is something that most of us take for granted. Like most of the good things in life our ability to walk without effort and thought is only appreciated when threatened or lost.

The 1988 survey by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys on disability in the UK showed just how often this facility is impaired. Loco motor problems represented the most frequent disability and affected over 4 million people. Three quarters of those thus affected were aged over 75 years, which means that about one half of people over 75 have some difficulty with movement. This may range from discomfort on climbing stairs for many, to being totally bed-ridden for a few. Disability not only becomes more common with increasing age, it is also likely to become more severe.

However, modern medicine and surgery have developed techniques and treatments which can modify, reverse, or control many of the pathologies that can impair walking. Even irreversible problems can be eased by the use of technical advances to overcome the handicaps that may result. It is therefore important to remain optimistic and determined, even in the face of apparently severe threats to mobility. With the right attitudes and help, an independent lifestyle need not be lost.

Arthritis is by far and away the most common cause of difficulty in walking. Some other causes are listed below:

  • Strokes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Motor neuron disease
  • Tiredness Breathlessness
  • Dizziness Faintness Heart failure
  • Painful feet.

The management of arthritis.

1. Attitude  — remain optimistic and determined to retain mobility: ‘use it or lose it’
2. Seek advice — from doctor
3. Physiotherapy  — to strengthen surrounding and supporting muscles
4. Aids  — to redistribute body weight, e.g. a walking stick or frame
5. Adaptations — to the environment, e.g. chair at correct height
6. Drug treatment — simple analgesics to control pain, e.g. paracetamol (Panadol): anti-inflammatory drugs to control the destructive process e.g. Brufen.
7. Surgery — e.g. to replace damaged joints
8. Alternative forms of mobility — e.g. wheelchairs

 

Posted by Carol Hudgens - May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm