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Managing Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a lifelong condition: it won’t go away. But it can be effectively managed. The number of older adults with hemophilia is growing, which presents unique challenges to manage.

Treating Hemophilia

The most common treatment for hemophilia is factor replacement therapy. This involves an infusion (injection into the blood) of the clotting factor a person is lacking to control bleeding. Many people receive factor replacement therapy prophylactically to prevent a bleeding episode. There are also other medications that may be used for some patients. Following a healthy lifestyle is also an important part of managing hemophilia. Keep reading

Pain Management

Acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) pain is a very common issue in people with hemophilia. It is often felt in the joints (i.e., knees, ankles and elbows) because of damage from repeated bleeding episodes. Many treatment options are available to help with pain relief. Keep reading

Fitness & Exercise

There was a time when doctors wouldn’t think of recommending physical activity to people with hemophilia. Times have changed. With the right safety measures in place, exercise is a healthy – and necessary – part of managing hemophilia. It provides both physical (improved strength, balance and coordination) and psychological benefits (improved self-esteem). Keep reading

Joint Disease

Joint disease, such as arthritis, is common in people with hemophilia. Even one serious bleed can cause permanent joint damage. But usually, it’s due to repeated bleeding in the joints over time. It is much easier to prevent joint damage than to repair it after it has happened. Keep reading

Comprehensive Care

Hemophilia is a complex condition, with many physical and emotional issues. So, care is needed beyond the treatment of the bleed. A comprehensive care team, with people from a variety of healthcare disciplines, is the best way to meet the evolving needs of people living with hemophilia. Keep reading



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