Coping With Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview
Studies have shown that people who are part of a
support group and who take an education course, such as an arthritis management
course from the Arthritis Foundation, have less pain and depression and are
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
- You can have a later start
- 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.
"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.
think in a positive way, you may be more able
- Care for yourself and handle the challenges of
- Avoid or cope with stress, anxiety, and
One Woman's Story:
"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