By the time you hit 40, you start to experience changes in your body that basically affects your personal well-being. This is why it is necessary to be aware of them especially when you are somewhere around that age.
Among the most common diseases among elderlies are Arthritis and Rheumatism. Many people tend to confuse the two but according to a good friend of our “Doctor ng Bayan”, Willie Ong, there is a huge difference between them.
In an interview with Dr. Gary Sy, a well-known specialist in the Geriatric Medicine in the country, he explained that Arthritis refers to joint pain or joint disease while Rheumatism refers to the soreness of the muscles.
Arthritis is derived from the words “arthro” meaning “joint”, and “-itis” which refers to pain or ache. The most prominent joints in the body include the elbows, fingers, jaw, hips, knees, cervical spine, thoracic spine, and the lumbar spine. Having this condition has nothing to do with the food we intake. Instead, it is basically the effect of the physical activities you have done in the past.
Arthritis has hundreds of classifications but the most common among them are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Gauti Arthritis.
This kind of Arthritis is most common to people ages 40 and above. It is highly associated with the cartilages in the body that starts to wear out. Common symptoms are soreness in knee joints, lower back, and shoulders.
What to do: Use a cane to protect and support the body.
2. Rheumatoid Arthritis
This autoimmune disorder is caused by having an infection in the joints. Most medical experts prescribe antibiotic or steroids to their patients to help lessen the inflammation in the area.
What to do: Consult a Rheumatologist for proper prescriptions.
3. Gauti Arthritis
This is kind of Arthritis has something to do with the amount of uric acid in the body. Eating too much food that is rich in purine such as internal organs of animals, sardines, mackerel, and anchovy causes an increase of uric acid level in the blood.
What to do: Control your intake of food and drink plenty of water.
Aside from the aforementioned remedies, here are some other tips that you should also take into consideration to ease the pain when suffering from Arthritis:
1. Rest for one to two days.
2. Apply cold compress within the first 24 hours.
3. Apply warm compress if you have been enduring the soreness for more than 24 hours.
4. Dip the affected area into a basin or bathtub with warm water. Add a tablespoon of salt. 5. Take some pain relievers. Two capsules of Paracetamol equivalent to 1000 mg is recommended. 6. Walk for a couple of minute in a hot spring or bathtub to relax the muscles of the body. 7. Keep yourself warm during the night. Do not tie the affected area tightly to allow the circulation of blood in the body. 8. Apply ointment to ease the pain and give a soothing relief. 9. Avoid heavy physical activities that could trigger the risk of having joint pain. 10. Consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and prescription.
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DISCLAIMER: The health tips on this website are based on articles published in books, periodicals and various social media sites by Doctor Willie Ong. We believe and fully support the good intentions of our ‘Doktor ng Bayan.’
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SOURCE: Dr. Willie Ong