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Coping With Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

At work

If your arthritis makes it hard for you to do your job, talk to your boss about what changes you can make to your schedule and things you can do to modify your work area.

You might ask if:

  • You can have a later start time.
  • You can work part-time or work from home.
  • You can switch to a light-duty position, if your job involves a lot of lifting, bending, or standing.

Stay positive

Adopting a "good-health attitude" and healthy habits, such as eating a balanced diet, staying at a healthy weight, and getting enough sleep, will make you feel better and help you stay active.

When you think in a positive way, you may be more able to:

  • Care for yourself and handle the challenges of arthritis.
  • Avoid or cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.

One Woman's Story:


Bev, 76

"There are so many things in our life that we can control. And there are big things that we can't control. But if we assume control of the things that we can, at least we feel like we're doing something to make our lives better."—Bev

Read more about Bev and how she learned to cope with arthritis.

Support your caregiver

If a family member or friend is helping to care for you, be sure to let that person know how grateful you are for the help.

Keep in mind that your caregiver's life may be changing along with yours. And he or she may be dealing with some of the same emotions as you are. Talking is a great way for each of you to share your concerns and support for each other.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 09, 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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