Our expert says:
Osteoarthritis is the name given to normal wear and tear of weight bearing joints. So at the age of 83 this would be significant. A burglary would have caused significant stress and resulting in an hyperaroused nervous system which would effect the bodies ability to heal itself. I would recommend placing a hot water bottle between the shoulder blades to relax her spine and nervous system. Supervised hydotherapy or relaxation in warm bath will help mobilise and relax stiff muscles.Try placing heat on tense muscles near the pain, but not on the site of pain as this may make the symptoms worse. Keep to a low acidic diet.You could also try consulting your nearest osteopath who will assess, treat and give further advise.
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