Arthritis is an inflammation in the joints that can affect either one or more joints. At present, there are more than 100 types of arthritis that are identified by the medical community. The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA).
Different types of arthritis are caused due to different reasons and have a specific type of treatment.

While most types of arthritis develop over time, there are some that may appear very suddenly. Arthritis mostly occurs in people who are over the age of 65, but in some cases may also develop in younger adults, children and those who are in their middle age.

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Arthritis is more common in women as compared to men, and in those who are overweight as compared to those who have the right body weight.

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of arthritis, irrespective of age:

  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Pain or stiffness in the joint, especially in the early morning or after waking up from sleep or while getting up from a lying down position
  • Rashes on any part of the body
  • Always feeling tired even if you are well-rested
  • Not feeling well without having any specific reason or symptom
  • Experience sudden mild fevers or sweat a lot at night, or feel very hot at night

Some other symptoms that you may notice in your loved one once the disease has set in and reaches towards the later stages are a blank expression, problems with speaking and communication, becoming forgetful and so on.

Here are a few types of arthritis conditions that are most common.

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    Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Also known as RA, it is a condition in which the immune system attacks the healthy cells in your body and causes inflammation. The most common areas that are affected are the joints, and it can lead to damage in the tissue of the joint. RA can cause long-term pain and even deformity in some cases. In severe cases, it can also affect the lungs, eyes and heart.

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    Gout

    It is a condition in which only one joint is affected. Gout is a temporary condition and does not generally have any long-lasting effects, with the symptoms getting better in a matter of a few days or weeks. However, if you suffer from gout repeatedly at the same place, it could lead to deformity.

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    Osteoarthritis

    Also known as OA, osteoarthritis is the most common types of arthritis, in which the bones and cartilage in your joints start breaking down. Those who suffer from OA will experience immense pain, stiffness and sometimes even disability. The condition generally worsens over time.

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    Juvenile Arthritis

    Also known as childhood arthritis, it is one of the most common types of arthritis that affects children. Children who suffer from the same have difficulty in performing regular everyday tasks and may often also suffer some or the other type of disability.

There is no complete cure for Parkinson’s disease yet. Doctors often prescribe various medications to control the symptoms that are associated with the condition. If the symptoms are still too mild, the doctor may in fact ask for a wait-and-watch approach till these start affecting your loved one’s daily life, before prescribing any medication.

Medicine Therapy

When the symptoms get more pronounced, the doctor will prescribe medication. The dosage will vary depending on the severity of the symptoms and how and when it gets worse. Sometimes, a particular medicine may work well for your loved one. At other times, the doctor may need to give a combination of drugs to get the best results.

The medicines used for Parkinson’s are most effective during the initial time of use. With regular use, they stop having as much effect but can still have some control over the symptoms.

Here are some of the more common medicines that are prescribed for helping those who are suffering from Parkinson’s.

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    Levodopa

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    MAO B Inhibitors

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    Dopamine Agonists

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    Catechol O-Methyltransferase

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    Antivirals

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    Anticholinergics

There is no complete cure for Parkinson’s disease yet. Doctors often prescribe various medications to control the symptoms that are associated with the condition. If the symptoms are still too mild, the doctor may in fact ask for a wait-and-watch approach till these start affecting your loved one’s daily life, before prescribing any medication.

Medicine Therapy

When the symptoms get more pronounced, the doctor will prescribe medication. The dosage will vary depending on the severity of the symptoms and how and when it gets worse. Sometimes, a particular medicine may work well for your loved one. At other times, the doctor may need to give a combination of drugs to get the best results.

The medicines used for Parkinson’s are most effective during the initial time of use. With regular use, they stop having as much effect but can still have some control over the symptoms.

Here are some of the more common medicines that are prescribed for helping those who are suffering from Parkinson’s.

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    Levodopa

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    MAO B Inhibitors

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    Dopamine Agonists

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    Catechol O-Methyltransferase

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    Antivirals

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    Anticholinergics

Parkinson’s disease can affect your loved one in various ways. Most common of all, it will affect your loved one’s mobility and the ability to carry on with day to day activities. Our staff is trained and experienced in caring for those who are suffering from Parkinson’s.

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With the help of our visiting physiotherapist, you can eliminate the need for your loved one to move out of the house to receive treatment. Also, with personal attention, the chances of recovery are quicker. Every session comes with a minimum time frame of 30 minutes.

Within this time, our physiotherapists will help carry out different exercises to improve mobility and provide ergonomic advice to ensure that your loved one’s condition is not aggravated.

Our specially trained physiotherapists are extremely experienced in caring for those who suffer from various degenerative conditions, such as Parkinson’s, and have mobility issues.

What To Expect On Your First Visit

  1. The physiotherapist will examine your loved one and understand overall health condition as well as the specific condition for which treatment is required. Once that is done, the therapist will build a proper care plan to cater to all needs.
  2. The main aim of the physiotherapist will be to first reduce pain, to help your loved one gain mobility and assist him or her in resuming regular functioning and routine. The next goal will be to prevent and reduce chances of any disability by delaying its onset.
  3. Once the initial healing begins and results start showing, the therapist will improve your loved one’s fitness levels and help them achieve a more active and healthier lifestyle.

As this is a type of progressive degenerative situation, it is extremely important to plan out the entire day. This will ensure that while your loved one gets enough mobility and activity, there are also enough periods of rest. Our care staff will put together a proper patient care plan that will help in taking care of all aspects of life for your loved one. This will also give the caregiver a good idea of how to proceed in the most effective way.

Here are some things that the caregiver will give attention to on a daily basis:

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    Daily Grooming

    The caregiver will prepare a routine for daily grooming activities such as brushing, shaving, combing, bathing and the like, so that your loved one can get into a regular schedule. Sometimes, the caregiver may use assisting tools to help with severe mobility issues. For instance, toothbrushes that come with spots to loop in the fingers or electric toothbrushes that make it easier to brush independently can be useful. The caregiver will also assist your loved one in getting in and out of clothes.

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    Using The Washroom

    Going to the washroom can be difficult when your loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s, as it creates issues with mobility. The caregiver can help by using a bedside toilet or bedpan. Additionally, the caregiver may also help to install safety rails around the commode to make it easier for your loved one to get up from a seated position.

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    Hygiene And Cleanliness

    Bathing is also an immensely difficult task for a person who is affected with Parkinson’s. The caregiver will make use of various tools that can assist your loved one. There are various shower chairs that can be used, and sponges that have soaps inside them. These can help your loved one take a bath without help and provide some much needed privacy, even as the caregiver is available to assist.

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    Eating

    The caregiver will plan a timetable for meal times and allow enough time for your loved one to eat without trying to chew or swallow fast. The caregiver will also make sure that your loved one sits comfortably and the cutlery is lightweight and easy to use.

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    Conserving Energy And Avoiding Exhaustion

    Your loved one should get a good amount of rest through the day, as well as during the night. Planning specific periods of rest will allow him or her to take timed rest. This, in turn, will help your loved one to preserve energy and not get unduly exhausted.

Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Caregiver For A Parkinson’s Patient

Looking after a loved one who is suffering from Parkinson’s can be quite a task. Not only will you have to make sure that all medical and care requirements are met on time, you will also have your own things to take care of on a daily basis.

This is where hiring a professional caregiver can help you.

  1. Timely Medication And Care – The best treatment for Parkinson’s is often one where doctors try and work on each symptom as a separate condition. It is extremely important to make sure that your loved one takes all medicines on time. Also, a person suffering from Parkinson’s will lose control over movements, making it difficult to perform even the most basic of actions. Your loved one may become completely dependent on the carer, hence it is important to have someone present who can solely devote time to look after him or her.
  2. Less Feelings Of Frustration And Guilt – When you are caring for a loved one who has Parkinson’s, it can take a toll on your emotions and often make you feel guilty or frustrated. Spending most of your time with the patient can make you feel drained out and leave little time to do anything else, or to relax. This can cause extreme exhaustion, stress and even frustration. A professional caregiver can take care of your loved one at home, so that you can take care of your other responsibilities and your own health without taking away any attention from your loved one.
  3. Experienced And Methodical Approach – Our professional caregivers are extensively trained to look after specific conditions and know how to approach a particular patient based on behaviour and temperament, as well as medical and emotional needs. At Care24, we make sure that our caregivers are always attuned to the patient’s every need, whether it is physical or emotional, and will provide your loved one with the utmost care, attention and dignity that they deserve.
  4. Regular Communication With The Doctor And Updates As Required – All our caregivers are trained to directly communicate with the doctors and keep them updated about any progress or concern, as required. The caregiver will keep all prescriptions in place and maintain records related to daily and weekly progress and health overall. As and when required, they will share the same with the doctor in question and also assist in medical visits by going along with the patient, if you so wish.