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Modifying Activities for Osteoarthritis

If you have osteoarthritis and your joints hurt when you do an activity, try other ways of doing it that do not cause pain.

  • If you get tired when you do a task for long periods of time, break the task down into several smaller tasks, and rest between them.
  • Avoid extended periods of standing, and try not to kneel or squat. Sit or take regular breaks when doing tasks that take a long time.
  • Use higher chairs or seat cushions, and avoid sitting in chairs that are very low.
  • Use the largest joint or part of your body to do things. For example, push doors open with your hip or shoulder instead of your hand or arm.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Last RevisedApril 8, 2013

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 08, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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