As someone gets older, they are more likely to be in pain. With the bone loss they experience and the weakness in their body, this alone can cause them pain. However, many elderly adults also experience back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and other painful conditions. If you are caring for an elderly adult, it is important to know that many prescription pain medications can lead them to have an addiction. The good news is there are many natural options to handle the pain of aging.
Ice and Heat
Did your elderly loved one have a strain or sprain? If so, then it might be beneficial for them to use ice on the place of injury. If they have a headache, the ice can help to relieve that pain, too. Maybe their chronic pain is just acting up. Their joints or muscles might be stiff, as well. If this is the case, they might want to apply some moist heat to the area. The moist heat can relieve the tension they are experiencing.
Glucosamine Along with Chondroitin
Research shows that the use of glucosamine along with chondroitin can work together to help relieve pain. However, before your loved one takes these, they should speak to their doctor to assure of the safety, along with their other medications.
Turmeric is a spice. It is also a natural antioxidant. This spice helps to fight off tissue and cell damage in the body. If your loved one has never tried turmeric for their pain before, it might be helpful to give it a try. Many people have found it to relieve their pain.
Years and years ago people would chew on willow bark to help relieve inflammation in their body. Today, people can get this as a dried herb. They would brew it up into a tea. Salicin is found in willow bark. This is just like the main ingredient in aspirin. If your loved one is experiencing pain associated with inflammation, this might the solution they need.
These are some of the natural options to handle the pain of aging. You and your loved one’s elderly care providers can help them to use these options. Just keep in mind that sometimes the pain may be too much for your loved one to bear. If this is the case, they should see a doctor right away. The doctor can then make recommendations on what course of treatment would be best for your loved one.