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What gadgets may help with everyday tasks if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

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Ask an occupational therapist about gadgets and devices that may help make everyday activities easier, at home or on the job. For instance:

  • Use hook and loop fasteners to replace buttons on clothing
  • Add accessories to doorknobs for easier turning
  • Use lamp switches that require just a touch to the lamp base rather than twisting a small knob switch
  • Try a long-handled shoehorn to put on your shoes so you don’t have to bend over and stretch your hands
  • Use lightweight household utensils, pots, pans, cups, and dishes
  • Put foam padding around your pen or pencil

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Living with Arthritis." 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

National Institutes of Health: "X-Plain Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Resources."

Arthritis Today: "How is Rheumatoid Diagnosed?"

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. , Holt, 2003. Pain Free Arthritis

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand."

The Merck Manuals: "Deformities."

EMedicine: "Swan-Neck Deformity."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 06, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Living with Arthritis." 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

National Institutes of Health: "X-Plain Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Resources."

Arthritis Today: "How is Rheumatoid Diagnosed?"

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. , Holt, 2003. Pain Free Arthritis

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand."

The Merck Manuals: "Deformities."

EMedicine: "Swan-Neck Deformity."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 06, 2018

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