As the pain from arthritis becomes worse, keeping up with everyday activities may become more difficult.
Making changes around your home will take some stress off your joints, such as your knee or hip, and help relieve some of the pain.
Your doctor may suggest that you use a cane to make walking easier and less painful. If so, learn how to use the cane correctly.
Make sure you can reach everything you need without getting on your tiptoes or bending down low.
Find ways to avoid having to search for important items during the day. You can wear a small waist pack in order to hold your cell phone, wallet, and keys.
Get automatic light switches installed.
If going up and down stairs is hard:
Find someone to help with house cleaning, taking out the garbage, gardening, and other household 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 you, such as:
Ask a contractor or handyman about having bars installed on the walls by your toilet, shower or bath, or elsewhere in your home.
Arthritis Foundation. Tips for Good Living with Arthritis. Atlanta, GA: Arthritis Foundation; 2001.
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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