Can Osteoarthritis Cause Disability?

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Living with osteoarthritis (OA) – how does it change lives?

Almost sufferers find that the disease can have an effect in their lives. Depending on the severity of the problem, it can cause some troubles in performing the daily activities. Sometime it may also cause problem in relationships with friends or even family.

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It is not always easy to cope with OA. However, there are plenty of options you can do to overcome the problem.

How you should cope with the problem?

The symptoms of the disease (such as joint pain and stiffness), changes in your physical appearance, and other discomforts can cause extra stress in your life. This can put you at greater risk of depression and other psychological problems.

Coping skills can be essential to manage changes, resulting from OA – that come into your life. For instances, you can try some mental exercises or therapies or other things that can help ease your stress and make you enjoy. Share what you feel to others! This is also helpful to keep you motivated in coping with the problem.

Self-help skills are worth a try!

Your doctor, family and friends can help you cope with the problem, but always remember that you are the manager for your disease!

Becoming a good manager for your OA means knowing what to expect! You should plan ahead your activities every day. You also should work together with your healthcare provider. Tell anything that you feel about the treatment!

Though coping with OA can be difficult, but you can continuously learn to feel better either physically or psychologically. For instance, you can learn how to manage the symptoms effectively and continuously gain more skills in managing how the disease affects your emotions and family.

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When you should ask for help?

Though you are the manager of your own body, but there may be times when you should ask for help. When you feel you need assistance, asking for help is not too bad choice – particularly true when you need to do certain activities that will put more pressure on your joints!

Citations /references:

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/osteoarthritis.htm
  2. http://nihseniorhealth.gov/osteoarthritis/whatisosteoarthritis/01.html
  3. http://www.orthop.washington.edu/?q=patient-care/articles/arthritis/frequently-asked-questions-about-living-with-arthritis.html

Last accessed on September 2014

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