The Body Feels Stiff In The Shoulders And Legs Of The Elderly?
night .. ask for advice .. bpk I am 64 years old and most of his body feels stiff, especially on the shoulders and legs .. what medicine is suitable for my parents? please advise … thanks …
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Stiffness in some parts of the body can occur in normal conditions, for example in muscle pain, ie when the body is rarely moved, after strenuous activities, exercise without first heating, after lifting heavy objects, posture during sleep and sitting is not good, or due to impact on the muscles. In these conditions, stiff complaints on the body will improve by itself, along with resting the muscles and eating nutritious food. However, in some cases, muscle stiffness can also be a sign of a certain condition or disease, including:
Deficiency of certain minerals or vitamins. Electrolyte imbalance, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, or vitamin K deficiency, can interfere with the process of muscle contraction that can cause symptoms of stiffness, cramps, and tingling in the muscles. Stroke, is a condition in which brain cells do not get enough oxygen supply, either caused by blocked blood vessels, or due to bleeding. Symptoms that arise can be in the form of weakness of half the body (left or right), stiffness, spasms, headaches, until consciousness decreases. Tetanus, an infection of the bacterium Clostridium tetanii, which attacks nerve cells, and results in continuous contractions in the muscles, causing stiffness. In tetanus, the entrance to germs is through dirty and deep wounds, usually in the form of nail punctures (but can also be other stab wounds, which are dirty), and often with symptoms of fever. Meningitis, is an infection of the lining of the brain, which can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Accompanying symptoms can include fever, headache, seizures, and decreased consciousness. Although the most common cause of muscle stiffness, especially in the elderly (aged over 60 years) is muscle pain, but can not be ascertained without seeing additional symptoms experienced and accompanied by examination physical, or additional examinations if deemed necessary. If the condition has been felt by your parents for a long time and does not seem to improve, or often repeats itself, and begins to interfere with his activity and rest, I advise you to consult your parents to a general practitioner or neurologist so that a more complete and comprehensive examination can be done. appropriate handling.
As for some things you can do at home:
Rest stiff parts in a few days If it is not possible to do physical activities / sports (morning walk / evening, etc.) do light movements at home that involve all the joints to avoid muscle stiffness Maintain the nutritional needs, especially minerals and vitamins fulfilled. These nutrients are widely available in fruits and vegetables. Consumption of enough water You can give anti-pain medication that is sold freely in pharmacies. However, caution is needed in the use of anti-pain, especially in the elderly, because it can cause some side effects. If the complaint does not improve, consult a doctor directly. Warm compresses on stiff areas, accompanied by massage or gentle massage towards the heart (from the tip to the base). However, if a collision has occurred (for example due to a fall), avoid massaging the affected area before confirming the condition of the muscles and bones. So, hopefully you can help.