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The Limitations of Pain

Pain is physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury as per Merriam-Webster dictionary. Pain, in many people, is due to some kind of inflammation. There are several things that can hinder us from living independently and happily, especially when we are having pain due to a condition. For a lot of sufferers, the pain starts and gets worse as we age. So let’s explore what are the limitations we experience when we have pain in;

Arm(s) {from hands to shoulder}

  • You might not be able to grasp things easily or it can be painful
  • Movement can be stiff and rigid
  • Putting on clothing can be difficult

Shoulder(s)

  • You can’t do activities over-head (i.e. difficulty washing/combing hair)
  • Can’t reach behind your back (i.e. clasping your bra)
  • You can have difficulty sleeping on your injured shoulder

Leg(s) {to include ankles, knee and hip}

  • You will have difficulty walking
  • You will be more prone to a slip, trip or fall (Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.)¹

Foot

  • You will have pain while walking or standing, making it difficult to walk or stand for lengths of time, which can make traveling difficult

Back/Neck

  • Can make it difficult to move or stand
  • Performing certain task may become impossible
  • This pain can be from mild to severe and can be greatly debilitating as most movement requires your neck and back area to be performed

Head

  • If you have a headache, a migraine or any other cause for pain in your head there might not be much that you can do depending on the severity as the head is what controls the body

At Exclusive Care we want to keep everyone safe, secure and comfortable if they are experiencing pain. As a leading license home care agency, we provide the best possible home care services in New York City. With our highly trained personal care aides and skilled home health aides we provide the adequate care you and your loved one may need. Our aides provide such services as: grooming, bathing, toileting, dressing, feeding and assistance in getting around your home or outside the home to name a few items. For any aspect of care or information on pain management, our highly trained nurses can provide the knowledge to minimize or make you able to tolerate your pain better. For your convenience a nurse can be scheduled to visit you or your loved one at home to evaluate the level of care that is needed at no cost for you, if you or your loved one participates in our program. The nurse will also be able to evaluate the home to make you aware of any potential hazard that might cause harm to our clients. The RN will help clarify some questions you or your loved one may have. We can provide as much care as is needed from a couple of hours a week to 24 hour live-in care and everything in between. Exclusive Care is always here to help you and your! If you would like some assistance, please feel free to contact us at (718) 364-4032 or reach us on our website at www.exclusive-care.com

  1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web–based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. Accessed August 15, 2013.

Joint Pain in the Winter

Due to the recent cold weather and all the snow that the Tri-State Area has experienced lately, I’m sure some of you have heard complaints from people who suffer from joint pain, arthritis or osteoarthritis. This is the season in which sufferers (possibly you are one of the pain sufferers) experience great pain in their knees, ankles, hands, shoulders or other body part due to the extreme weather. Apparently, you are not alone! Some scientists theorize that the joint pain can be caused due to the drop in the barometric pressure.  The barometric pressure is the atmospheric “air” pressure caused by the weight of the atmosphere that surrounds us.  The air pressure could be rising or falling and usually when it falls that usually signals rain, clouds and bad weather such as: cyclones and tropical storms. In people with inflammatory conditions, this usually cause soreness and stiffness as the swelling inflames the nerves around the joints, causing pain.  Let’s say the tissue surrounding the joints are like a balloon, high barometric pressure that pushes against the body from the outside will keep tissues from expanding. While low pressure on the body would allow the tissues to expand and those expanded tissues can put pressure on the joints according to WebMd.com. This can make it difficult enough for some sufferers; that they have a challenge getting out of bed in the morning let alone trying to go about the rest of their day with the soreness, stiffness and pain. These pains can cause some people to have real difficulties trying to do their daily activities.

There are different ways to try to alleviate some of the pain.

Stay warm – Keep yourself indoors in heated places when it’s cold outside or dress in layers and warm the car up before going into the cold. Using warming pads and taking warm baths can help as well.

Stay active  – While it might be difficult to move with stiffness, stretching and doing exercise have shown to provide some relief.

Prevent the swelling – Wear spandex type of materials where the pain is to minimize the swelling allowed by the body from your joint fluids.

Take better care of yourself – Eat healthy, get plenty of rest and be in a positive mood as it helps alleviate the feeling of stress and depression etc.

Lastly, always remember that the pain will be temporary, since we don’t have low air pressure every day!

Now, for those that are really hindered by the pain and stiffness that interferes with their activities of daily living; there is relief available by getting someone to provide you with assistance. Typically most people want/like to rely on their family members to provide them this assistance they need, but now a days with so many things going on in each of our lives it can sometimes be difficult to have someone to provide you that assistance needed. However, with a certified home health aide around, they can assist the individual with all activities of daily living making it easier to live with joint pain.

If you or someone you know suffers from joint pain, feel free to reach out to Exclusive Care which is a premier home care service agency who can connect you to certified home health aide to provide you all the assistance of activities of daily living. Feel free to call us at (718) 364-4032 and explore your options in care.