Ageing is an inevitable part of life, and while it brings wisdom and experience, it can also bring health challenges that need to be addressed proactively. One such challenge that commonly affects the ageing population is osteoarthritis (OA). At Cedar Health Group, we understand the impact of osteoarthritis on your quality of life and have developed programmes specifically tailored to manage this condition. In this blog post, we delve into what osteoarthritis is, how it impacts older individuals, and the various strategies you can adopt to manage it effectively.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, commonly affecting the knees, hips, and lower back. The condition occurs when the cartilage that cushions your joints wears down over time, causing symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and swelling. While it can occur at any age, the likelihood of developing OA increases as you get older.
The Impact on the Ageing Population
According to statistics, almost one in six Australians over the age of 50 have osteoarthritis. The condition significantly affects mobility and can lead to a reduced ability to perform daily activities. Consequently, it’s crucial for older individuals to manage this condition actively to maintain their quality of life.
Evidence-Based Management Strategies
Physical activity is essential in managing osteoarthritis. According to research, appropriate exercise can reduce pain and improve physical function as effectively as some medications, but without the side effects. At Cedar Health Group, our programmes include personalised workouts designed to improve physical function and relieve pain. These workouts are low-impact and feature a balanced selection of strength, balance, and flexibility exercises.
Excess weight can exacerbate the symptoms of osteoarthritis. For every extra kilo of body weight, there’s an additional 4 kg of stress exerted on the knees. Therefore, weight loss is a critical component of OA management. Our programmes include meal plans that are not just nutritious but also aim for healthy and sustainable weight loss.
Nutrition plays a vital role in managing OA. Vitamins such as A, C, and E, as well as minerals like calcium and omega-3 fatty acids, are crucial for joint health. Our nutrition programme incorporates these essential nutrients into easy-to-follow meal plans, ensuring that you don’t miss out on vital elements needed for joint health.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Is exercise safe for someone with osteoarthritis?
Yes, when done correctly and under professional guidance, exercise is not only safe but also beneficial for managing osteoarthritis symptoms. Cedar Health Group’s programmes are developed by an expert team of physiotherapists to ensure that the exercises are appropriate and safe for you.
2. How can Cedar Health Group’s programme help me?
Our programmes are highly personalised to meet your unique needs. They focus on improving physical function, relieving pain, and promoting sustainable weight loss. They are convenient, accessible, and grounded in scientific research.
3. What do I get as a subscriber?
As a subscriber, you’ll get a personalised osteoarthritis workout, two personalised daily meal plans, a personalised cardio progression, regular tips to keep you motivated, and access to our team of experts to answer any questions about your programme.
4. Do I need to consult a doctor before starting the programme?
Yes, it’s essential to consult a qualified medical professional before starting any new health programme, especially if you have preexisting conditions like osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis can be a debilitating condition, particularly for the ageing population. However, proactive management can significantly improve your quality of life. At Cedar Health Group, we’re committed to providing you with the tools you need to take control of your health. Through our evidence-based, personalised programmes, we aim to empower you to live your life to the fullest, regardless of age.
Thank you for reading this comprehensive guide on managing osteoarthritis as you age. If you have more questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help!