Equipment Tips for Arthritis Pain
While even Wikipedia lists some simple treatment options, sometimes a small equipment or environment change can make a big difference in helping to manage your joint pain. Here are a few simple ones:
For backs, hips and knees:
- raise your toilet height with either bought or modified
- put a cushion in the chair or car seat to raise the surface
- keep most commonly used items placed at waist height, including dishes, pots, clothing, magazines, etc
- lean forward over feet when getting up from chair or going up steps
- keep weight close to your trunk if lifting items
- place most commonly used items placed at waist height, including dishes, pots, clothing, magazines, etc
- support arms when sitting on pillows
- wear clothes that are easy to get your arms in and out of. If it is only one shoulder with issues, place this arm in the clothing first and take out last.
- use large handled utensils and pens by wrapping them with foam tape found in sports section to make them thicker and wrap jars with rubber bands to make more slip proof
- twist open jars and bottles using elbow and shoulder movements, and if possible, get a jar opener
- soak hands in tub of water or sink under hot water, not too hot, and gently move them for 5 minutes
- look for home paraffin baths – follow manufacturer suggestions
- use wide toed shoes with good arch support
- soak feet in tub filled with hot water, not too hot, and gently move toes and feet around for 5 minutes.
- put a cushioned mat in places where you stand a lot
For more tips and suggestions, see a Rehab Smarter specialist.