Quick Tips: Modifying Your Home and Work Area When You Have Arthritis - Get started
Use carts or carriers with wheels to move objects such as heavy boxes or furniture. If you can't
use these items all the time, learn to lift an object safely. Be sure to keep
the object close to you as you lift it. Bend your knees and keep your back
straight as you grasp the object, then straighten your knees to lift it
Use an adjustable chair that supports
your lower back and lets you adjust the height so your feet rest flat on the
Use a computer keyboard tray that is
big enough to hold your keyboard and mouse. And be sure the height of the tray
can be adjusted to a spot that allows you to type with no pain. There are other
types of keyboards, including split or curved keyboards, that may work better
Use a computer trackball mouse or touch pad instead of a standard computer mouse to reduce strain on your hand,
wrist, and shoulder.
Adjust your computer monitor so that the top of the screen is at about eye level to reduce
strain on your neck.
Arrange your desk or work area so that the things you use the most are easy to reach and you don't
have to lean, bend, or twist to get them.
Sit up straight to do your work, and take the stress off your back. Relax your
shoulders, keep your feet flat on the floor, and don't lean forward too
Take breaks to stretch or get out of
your chair. This can help keep your muscles loose and your joints moving
An occupational therapist can help you make these and
other changes to your home and work area.