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Aches and pains

Don't ignore them

As our bodies age we can often suffer from minor aches and joint pains, but by leaving this pain unchecked, over 60s could be putting themselves at risk. Do not dismiss aches and pains as simply a sign of ageing. Whilst it is probably nothing to worry about, if the pain is persistant and severe do talk to your GP.

Back and shoulder pain is a common condition that affects many people at some point during their life.

There are many things you can do at home to help such as simple movements and exercise.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation within a joint. There are many different symptoms which may vary depending on the type of Arthritis. Common symptoms include:

  • Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness.
  • Inflammation in and around the joints.
  • Restricted movement of the joints.
  • Warmth and redness of the skin over the affected joint.
  • Weakness and muscle wasting.

Your GP may refer you to an Occupational Therapist who can assess and suggest practical ways to help you continue with your normal routine.  They may also suggest specialist equipment and aids for use around the home. 

Exercises

Arm raises while sitting

Breathe out as you raise arms and in as you lower. Repeat five times.

Sideways bend

Bend to the left keeping arms at sides. Repeat to the right. Hold each stretch for two seconds. Repeat three times on each side.

Leg cramps

A leg cramp is an episode of sudden and severe pain in the muscles of the leg caused by an involuntary contracting (shortening) of the leg muscle. Most leg cramps occur in the calf muscles, although it can affect any part of your leg, including your feet and thighs. Three out of four cases occur at night during sleep.


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