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
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:
- climbing stairs
Online Resources for Assistive Devices
There are many assistive devices -- some you never heard of or thought of. Some of the best online resources for assistive devices include: