As the pain from arthritis becomes worse, keeping up with everyday activities may become more difficult or painful.
Sometimes making changes around the home will take some stress off your knee and relieve some of the pain.
Use of a simple cane in your hand on the other side of your painful leg may make walking much easier and less painful
Make sure you can reach everything you need without getting on your tiptoes or bending down low.
Find ways to avoid needing to search for important items during the day. You can wear a small fanny or waist pack in order to have a portable phone, your wallet, and your keys with you.
Get automatic light switches installed.
If going up and down stairs is very hard:
Find someone to help with housecleaning, taking out the garbage, gardening, and other household activities or tasks.
Ask someone to shop for you or have your food delivered.
Check your local pharmacy or medical supply store for different aids that can help with reaching, getting dressed, using the toilet, and other activities.
Ask about having bars installed on the walls by the toilet, shower or bath, or elsewhere in your home.
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc
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