The simple things we take for granted like walking up a flight of stairs, typing e-mails, opening a can of soup, getting dressed in the morning, turning on the faucet in the bathtub, or getting into the bathtub to begin with, can be a challenge for those afflicted with arthritis.
If you are a sufferer of arthritis, a walk-in bath can bring relief for arthritic pain.
SO WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF ARTHRITIS?
When we speak of arthritis in general, we understand the basic meaning, but to define arthritis is more complex. As a medical term, it has over 100 conditions associated with that definition. The word arthritis comes from the Greek arthron meaning “joint” and the Latin itis meaning “inflammation”. The plural of arthritis is arthritides. Arthritis affects the musculoskeletal system, specifically the joints. So what are the symptoms you ask?
ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS INCLUDE
According to WebMD, the symptoms can include: painful swelling, inflammation, and stiffness in the fingers, arms, legs, and wrists. Occurring in the same joints on both sides of the body, especially on awakening, may be signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is a chronic disease that affects some 27 million Americans. OA is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage, which can cause stiffness and pain.
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that often occurs with psoriasis of the skin.
It is estimated that nearly 300,000 children in the United States are living with juvenile arthritis. Juvenile arthritis (JA) refers to any form of arthritis or an arthritis-related condition that develops in children or teenagers who are less than 18 years of age.
Juvenile arthritis is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions, occurring nearly as often as insulin-dependent juvenile diabetes. The most common form of arthritis in children is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), which has two peaks of onset: between 1 and 3 years of age and between 8 and 12 years of age.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS AND REMEDIES
Treatments available include physical therapy, splinting, cold-pack application, paraffin wax dips, anti-inflammatory medications, immune-altering medications, and surgical operations. Arthritis patients are also seeking the benefits of a soaking bathtub. See the Arthritis Foundation for tips here under Sit, soak and soothe
Walk-In Bathtubs can provide a solution on several levels:
Our Deluxe dual massage tub is perfect for those with limited mobility or in need of safer bathing. 22 strategically positioned air and hydro therapy jets and an in-line water heater for a consistently warm water temperature help to provide relief and soothing comfort. Our Deluxe Bath also offers textured slip resistant flooring, two safety grab bars, and two (2) inch drains for a fast 80 second draining. The Elite Model offers the same features as the Deluxe but has been upgraded to include a unique detachable swivel tray and a wider back rest that combines with a more spacious seat, and a lower threshold for easier access. The Royal is nearly identical to the Elite Model, but has a two inch wider seat.
We are confident our baths will help sooth muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis.