By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Aching joints are widespread for individuals over 50, nevertheless it’s nonetheless essential to speak to a health care provider about it relatively than endlessly self-medicating, consultants say.

Now, a brand new ballot from the University of Michigan breaks down joint pain, its affect on those that responded to the survey and the way they’ve chosen to react to this painful situation.

Findings from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging embody that 70% of individuals over 50 expertise joint ache at the very least sometimes. About 60% have been advised they’ve some type of arthritis.

Among those that have arthritis signs, about 45% stated they’ve ache day-after-day and 49% stated it considerably limits their normal actions.

“If you feel joint ache often, or it interferes along with your regular actions, you don’t need to go it alone,” stated Indira Venkat, senior vice chairman of AARP Research. The group was one of the supporters for the ballot. “Talk along with your well being supplier about how you’re treating your joint ache and extra methods that will assist.”

About 80% of these with joint ache stated that they had at the very least some confidence they might handle it on their very own.

About 66% accomplish that with over-the-counter ache relievers akin to aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). About 26% reported taking dietary supplements, akin to glucosamine or chondroitin. About 11% use cannabidiol (CBD), derived from marijuana, whereas 9% use marijuana.

About 18% use prescription-only non-opioid ache relievers, 19% get steroid injections, 14% take oral steroids, 14% use opioids and 4% use disease-modifying antirheumatic medication.

“There are sizable dangers related to many of these therapy choices, particularly when taken long-term or together with different medication. Yet 60% of these taking two or extra substances for his or her joint ache stated their well being care supplier hadn’t talked with them about dangers, or they couldn’t recall if that they had. And 26% of these taking oral steroids hadn’t talked with a supplier in regards to the particular dangers these medication deliver,” stated Dr. Beth Wallace. She is a rheumatologist and researcher on the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare system, the VA Center for Clinical Management Research and Michigan Medicine.

“This suggests a urgent want for suppliers to speak with their sufferers about the best way to handle their joint ache, and what interactions and long-term dangers would possibly come up in the event that they use medicines to take action,” Wallace stated.

Guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology for osteoarthritis and the extra uncommon rheumatoid arthritis search to cut back the danger that may occur with long-term use or for these taking a number of medicines that may have an effect on sufferers’ abdomen, liver, blood strain, blood sugar, temper or sleep.

The tips for osteoarthritis, which will be attributable to put on and tear, emphasize weight reduction, train, self-management applications with arthritis educators, tai chi, yoga, braces, splints and kinesiotaping, acupuncture or acupressure, cognitive behavioral remedy and making use of warmth, chilly or topical ache relievers on aching joints.

For medicine, the rules give attention to short-term use of over-the-counter medicines in low doses, together with steroid joint injections in applicable sufferers. They advocate towards most dietary supplements, opioids and different prescribed drugs.

About 64% of survey respondents who’ve joint ache do use train and 24% have had physical therapy. Far fewer used non-drug choices akin to braces.

Certain teams of older adults look like extra more likely to expertise worse joint ache, stated ballot director Dr. Preeti Malani, a Michigan Medicine doctor with coaching in infectious ailments and geriatrics.

“Those who say their general well being is honest or poor have been twice as more likely to say they’ve average or extreme joint ache as these in higher well being. The distinction was practically as nice between those that say their psychological well being is honest or poor than those that reported higher psychological well being,” she stated in a Michigan Medicine information launch.

“And older adults with honest or poor bodily or psychological well being have been more likely to agree with the assertion that there’s nothing that somebody with joint ache can do to ease their signs, which we now know to be unfaithful,” Malani stated. “Health suppliers want to lift the subject of joint ache with their older sufferers, and assist them make a plan for care that may work for them.”

The cellphone ballot was administered in January and February 2022 amongst 2,277 adults aged 50 to 80.

More info

The U.S. Centers for Disease (*50*) and Prevention has extra on osteoarthritis.

SOURCE: Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan, information launch, Sept. 12, 2022

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