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Lessen pain and boost circulation
Make getting around and household activities easier
Kitchen and eating solutions for limited hand strength
Reduce reaching, stretching, and joint strength challenges
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, which causes stiffness and pain in the affected joints. Arthritis is a complex and common condition that affects people at any age and can affect many body areas.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage (the slick, cushioning surface on the ends of bones) wears to the point that bone rubs against bone, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Arthritis pain can present as hand pain, wrist pain, thumb pain, knee pain, hip pain, foot pain, or as joint pain anywhere else on the body.
Conservative treatment for arthritis pain typically includes some combination of the following: a supportive brace to protect and rest the joint, application of heat and/or ice, use of over-the-counter medication, and, if tolerated, gentle strengthening exercises.
As symptoms progress, an immobilizing support may be necessary. Many arthritis sufferers use an active support by day and an immobilizing brace at night to rest a painful joint. When conservative treatments are no longer effective, a doctor may recommend injections or, ultimately, surgery.
To maintain functional independence at home, adaptive equipment can be extremely helpful. Devices that extend reach or have larger handles help limit pain and stress on joints during dressing and household tasks, while grab bars, raised toilet seats, and walking aids can improve safety, overall mobility, and independence with bathroom use.