Make Life Easier with Assistive Devices for Arthritis

Making Life Easier for People With Arthritis

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Arthritis Can Interfere With Daily Activities

With arthritis, ordinary activities can be difficult to perform.

Opening a carton of milk
Turning the car ignition key
Reaching something on the top shelf
Buttoning a shirt
Brushing your hair
Personal hygiene
Getting up from a low seat

Not a problem for most people -- but for someone with severe physical limitations related to arthritis, easy tasks can become challenging and frustrating.

Joint damage, arthritis pain, stiffness, and fatigue interfere.

Assistive Devices Can Help

Assistive devices are available. Assistive devices can range from simple tools or gadgets to more complex, motorized equipment. Assistive devices and equipment can help you overcome physical challenges and certain limitations by either changing your environment or serving as an extension of your body. An occupational therapist can also be consulted for suggestions regarding special needs. Joint protection, joint preservation, energy conservation, and pain relief are also benefits of using assistive devices.

Maintain Your Independence

The ultimate goal of using assistive devices is to achieve better function and maintain independence.

Assistive devices can alleviate problems with:

  • grasping
  • holding
  • dressing
  • reaching
  • carrying
  • sitting
  • standing
  • climbing stairs
  • walking
  • driving

Online Resources for Assistive Devices

There are many assistive devices -- some may be unfamiliar.

Some of the best online resources for assistive devices include:

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