Living Well With Osteoarthritis

Small strategies can make a big difference. Try our tips to help maintain an active lifestyle with osteoarthritis.

 

Living with osteoarthritis can be challenging. Joints affected by osteoarthritis may feel achy, painful, or stiff. However, this diagnosis doesn’t mean giving up the lifestyle you love. We’ve got four strategies to help you keep arthritis from slowing you down. By incorporating these habits into your life, you will protect your joints, reduce discomfort, and improve your mobility.

  • Don’t get too comfortable for too long. Holding one position for too long increases the risk that your joints will stiffen up. Make it a rule to get up and stretch every 15 minutes, whether you are working at your computer, reading, or watching television.
  • Lead with your strength. Protect more delicate finger and wrist joints by using your strongest joints and muscles to perform tasks. When you are opening heavy doors, push with your arm or shoulder, not your hand.
  • Prioritize and simplify your tasks. Organize your routine to minimize movements that are difficult. Keep your cooking and cleaning supplies within easy reach. You might find it helpful to have multiple sets of cleaning supplies. If you have multiple bathrooms, consider a separate cleaning kit for each bathroom.
  • Embrace labor-saving tools. Pharmacies, medical supply stories, and online outlets stock all kinds of gadgets and devices that can make daily activities easier. Long-handled grippers are designed to help with gardening and reaching out-of-the-way items. Rubber grips can help you more easily operate faucets, pens, toothbrushes, and eating utensils.

By incorporating some new habits into your life, and taking advantage of available resources, you can continue to enjoy daily life on your terms. For more information about keeping your joints healthy and maintaining your lifestyle with osteoarthritis, consult with your physician.

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