Severe Arthritis – What Is The Best Treatment And Painkiller?

Arthritis is a chronic condition affecting people of any age and can lead to crippling sharp pain. Severe arthritis is not only extremely painful but can greatly reduce mobility and affect mental health. Treatment will depend on where the arthritis is most painful. Talk to your doctor to get the most appropriate rehab therapy for your specific circumstances. You might need outpatient or inpatient rehab that will involve physical therapy, which will improve mobility and – surprisingly perhaps – reduce pain.

Let’s take a look at what can be done to reduce the symptoms of severe arthritis. Given that there are many types of arthritis, treatments and therapies will vary. What follows is a general guide for those with the more common types of this disease.

Male nursing staff providing care to elderly woman sitting on a wheelchair suffering from severe arthritis

Signs Of Severe Arthritis

Arthritis describes a range of different conditions but there are two main types of this disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most damaging form of arthritis. It affects the immune system and requires special medical supervision. Osteoarthritis is when the cushioning between bones (cartilage) wears out, resulting in pain due to bones scraping together.

Seriously debilitating arthritis can lead to permanent joint changes which may mean you have difficulty climbing stairs, washing or dressing. So, before it develops to this stage, look out for signs of the more serious forms of the disease.

Symptoms depend on your overall health condition, but are likely to include worsening stiffness, pain, redness, swelling, and difficult moving.

Therapies for arthritis

The most common and efficient treatment for most types of severe arthritis is physical therapy. This has benefits not only for the joints, but for vital organs such as the heart and lungs. Properly supervised by a medical professional, it can also have mental health benefits.

Severe shoulder pain is common in those affected by the fiercer forms of arthritis. Certain arm and shoulder motions can help ease pain. Never try to do too much too quickly: the aim is to gradually build up flexibility and mobility.

Therapy for people with the most debilitating forms of arthritis also includes physical occupational therapy. This can help you performs the tasks of daily living. Your therapist will teach you how to make and practice certain movements that help you cope with daily life.

Painkillers

Another important weapon in the fight against the most painful and severe forms of arthritis is medication. Painkillers can offer temporary respite from shooting pains, but you should not self-medicate. Talk to your doctor as longer-term use of painkillers may have damaging side effects.

While medication has a role in the management of arthritis, there is no magic bullet.

The main tried and tested remedy for improving mobility and reducing pain is physical therapy as well as exercises.

The exercises may include practicing smooth movements, also Tai Chi or stretching and breathing exercises as in yoga. Combating severe arthritis involves talking to your doctor and getting a tailored balance of medication, physical and occupational therapy.

Treatments and therapies can be long term or short term.