Work Comfortably

Work Comfortably

Having arthritis can make it hard to do many simple tasks in the office, from holding a pen to typing to opening a door. Using simple tools and gadgets can help ease your frustration and allow you to work more comfortably.

Conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

Symptoms: Symptoms worse in A.M., weakness, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, deformed joint, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, symmetrical pain, numbness, tingling, symptoms worse in evening, all over pain, finger pain, hand pain, wrist pain

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Rubber Grips

Use flexible rubber grips over anything that's too small for you to hold, such as pens, pencils, and letter openers. In addition to making many tasks easier, rubber grips can also help reduce pressure on your fingers and hands.

Prompt: Get a grip.

CTA: Rubber grips make holding easier.

Conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

Symptoms: Symptoms worse in A.M., weakness, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, deformed joint, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, symmetrical pain, numbness, tingling, symptoms worse in evening, all over pain, finger pain, hand pain, wrist pain

Triggers: Desk work, repetitive motions, overdoing it, poor posture, workplace injury, fatigue

Treatments: Brace, orthotics, splint, muscle strengthening, physical therapy, assistive devices, occupational therapy

Categories: Treatment

Doorknob Adapters

Round doorknobs can be especially hard for people with arthritis to manage. Use a doorknob adapter, a lever handle that fits over any standard round doorknob. It lets you open doors by simply pushing the lever up or down. 

Prompt: Open doors.

CTA: Doorknob adapters can help.

Conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

Symptoms: Symptoms worse in A.M., weakness, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, deformed joint, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, symmetrical pain, numbness, tingling, symptoms worse in evening, all over pain, finger pain, hand pain, wrist pain

Triggers: Desk work, repetitive motions, overdoing it, poor posture, workplace injury, fatigue

Treatments: Brace, orthotics, splint, muscle strengthening, physical therapy, assistive devices, occupational therapy

Categories: Treatment

Leg Extenders

It's important to stay comfortable while you work. Having your desk and chair at a comfortable height can really help. Use leg extenders on any desk or chair to adjust the height and make them more comfortable to use. 

Prompt: Extend legs.

CTA: Make furniture more comfortable.

Conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

Symptoms: Symptoms worse in A.M., weakness, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, deformed joint, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, symmetrical pain, numbness, tingling, symptoms worse in evening, all over pain, finger pain, hand pain, wrist pain

Triggers: Desk work, repetitive motions, overdoing it, poor posture, workplace injury, fatigue

Treatments: Brace, orthotics, splint, muscle strengthening, physical therapy, assistive devices, occupational therapy

Categories: Treatment

Spring-Loaded Scissors

Using scissors is often tough when you have arthritis. Spring-loaded scissors do most of the work for you. They're great in the kitchen and garden, too. 

Prompt: Cut easily.

CTA: Use spring-loaded scissors.

Conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

Symptoms: Symptoms worse in A.M., weakness, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, deformed joint, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, symmetrical pain, numbness, tingling, symptoms worse in evening, all over pain, finger pain, hand pain, wrist pain

Triggers: Desk work, repetitive motions, overdoing it, poor posture, workplace injury, fatigue

Treatments: Brace, orthotics, splint, muscle strengthening, physical therapy, assistive devices, occupational therapy

Categories: Treatment

Key Turners

Using a key isn't so easy when you have arthritis. If you have problems using keys, try a key turner. This is a device that easily snaps onto any key to make it wider and easier to grip and turn. You can also wrap electrical tape around the top of the key to make it bigger.

Prompt: Unlock doors easily.

CTA: Key turners help.

Conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

Symptoms: Symptoms worse in A.M., weakness, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, deformed joint, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, muscle pain, pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, symmetrical pain, numbness, tingling, symptoms worse in evening, all over pain, finger pain, hand pain, wrist pain

Triggers: Desk work, repetitive motions, overdoing it, poor posture, workplace injury, fatigue

Treatments: Brace, orthotics, splint, muscle strengthening, physical therapy, assistive devices, occupational therapy

Categories: Treatment

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on January 19, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

Patience H. White, MD, vice president for public health, Arthritis Foundation; professor of medicine and pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Arthritis Today: "Opening Medicine Bottles with Ease," "Self-Help Arthritis Devices."

Johns Hopkins Health Alert: "Arthritis Household Helpers."

Cleveland Clinic: "Occupational and Physical Therapy for Arthritis."

University of Washington Medicine: "Frequently Asked Questions About Living With Arthritis."

University Hospitals Birmingham: "Living With Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Types of Arthritis."

Minnesota Department of Health: "Self Help Tools for Arthritis Work for Us All."

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