Elderly people are at a much higher risk of developing orthopedic problems due to the loss of bone density than their younger counterparts. As people get older, the body naturally breaks down and replenishes bone mass at varying rates. This process slows down increasingly rapidly after about the age of 30. After that point, bone mass becomes more and more difficult to repair or replace if it becomes damaged. Over time, this makes it increasingly difficult for older people to carry out their daily routines, complete tasks that once seemed simple, and live independently like they did when they were younger. Professional orthopedic care for the elderly can help make their lives a little easier and ease the strain of trying to complete daily tasks without minimizing their dignity.
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Common Orthopedic Problems in the Elderly
Here is a list of some of the most common orthopedic health problems that elderly people face on a daily basis as their bodies continue to age.
Knee pain and complications in the knee joints are among the most common physical issues elderly people face because the knees are the main weight-bearing joints in the body. Throughout your entire life, your knees endure a great deal of extensive pressure in addition to the gradual musculoskeletal degradation that naturally occurs. The more physically laborious your job or lifestyle is, the harder your knee joints have to work to support your body and this is especially true for individuals who are overweight or obese. It can make simple tasks such as mobility extremely difficult and cumbersome.
As a result of diminished bone and muscle density in the body, elderly people are also placed at greater risk of suffering serious injuries even from the most minor incidents such as falling down. Due to a progressively weakened bone structure and lack of mineral density in their bones, elderly peopleparticularly post-menopausal womenare highly likely to sustain fractures. Performing light strength exercises on a daily basis or even doing simple stretches and going for brisk walks for about 20-30 minute per day can help your elderly loved one stay limber and reduce their risk of injury.
Joint dislocations are among the most painful injuries anyone can endure. Senior citizens are far more likely to suffer a potentially serious injury such as dislocating their shoulder, elbow, knee, or even toes after suffering a fall or other type of incident. Unfortunately, far too many seniors who live alone suffer this type of injury and sometimes go long periods of time without treatment because they don't have someone at their side to take them to the doctor or hospital the moment they need assistance. Orthopedic live-in care providers for seniors can help prevent this type of injury from occurring and make sure your elderly loved one gets the care they require if an accident does occur.
The spine is a complex mechanism that's comprised of a series of vertebrae, each of which is connected to different parts of the body and they help stabilize and control various bodily functions. Sometimes, we place years of extensive strain on our backs without even realizing it. This can throw your back completely out of alignment and cause serious orthopedic problems down the line, especially as you get older. One of the most common types of spinal problems elderly people suffer from is chronic back pain due to years of misuse of their backs and poor posture. Slipped or herniated disks are also among some of the more serious back problems elderly people can endure if they experience a serious injury such as a fall.
Constant mobility coupled with carrying out your daily routine, not to mention lifting heavy objects and other tasks can place a tremendous amount of strain on your body, particularly your hips. The older you get, the more inflammation builds up in your joints. Many seniors develop arthritis in the hips, which can make it extremely challenging for them to continue to care for themselves and live independently. If they have to undergo a hip replacement surgery, the gravity of the situation increases drastically as they'll require both pre-and post-operative care. Some seniors may even require a live-in caregiver to help them through every step of the way depending on the difficulty of the recovery period. Every patient's experience varies and this means that some people could be bedridden or required to remain in a hospital for an indefinite period of time after the surgery as they recover.
Another major source of discomfort for seniors is experiencing shoulder pain. Whether it's caused by inflammation in the joints or a past or present injury, the pain can be excruciating for someone of an advanced age. Since the shoulders are attached to the arms, this can make it very difficult for seniors to perform their regular daily tasks as quickly as they once did or even at all. The pain could worsen and even extend to their elbows, wrists, and fingers if it's left untreated for too long, causing serious mobility issues. Having a live-in orthopedic caregiver assist with certain household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and other chores can relieve a great deal of pain and discomfort for your elderly loved one.
Pre-Operative and Post-Operative Care for Elderly Patients
If your elderly loved one has just undergone an orthopedic procedure to help improve the quality of their life, then Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region can help provide them with the care they need to make a quick and easy recovery. Our esteemed network of professional caregivers in Toronto are extensively trained and certified to provide the highest quality of care to your elderly loved one to allow them to live as independently as possible. To learn more about our services or schedule a consultation with one of our representatives, please contact us today.