Joint protection for osteoarthritis

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Changing the way that you do everyday activities can help to reduce the amount of stress that you put through your joints.

General joint protection tips

Avoid repetitive tasks
Don't spend a long time in the same position. Take many breaks and alternate activities.

Use larger muscle groups to perform activities
Use the stronger muscles of your legs when doing activities such as vacuuming.  Push or pull your groceries in a cart instead of carrying them.  Use levers and built-up handles to reduce the force on smaller hand/wrist joints and muscles.

Use helping aids

  • Use a cane, walker or Nordic walking poles to reduce the stress on your joints while staying active.  A reaching aid can help reduce bending and squatting when getting objects from lower surfaces. Read about how to use a cane.
  • In the bathroom, use grab bars, shower seats and raised toilet seats in bathrooms to conserve energy and avoid falls.

Avoid low chairs and seats
Sit on higher surfaces whenever possible.  Build up the height of chairs with a firm foam cushion, and use armrests to help you get in and out of chairs.

Get a good night's sleep
Use a supportive mattress and sleep well to keep energy levels high and give your joints a much-needed rest.

Register for a free OASIS class

Attend an OASIS class taught by an Occupational Therapist to learn more about protecting your joints. The recommended class to take is the Managing Hip and Knee Arthritis class.

Learn more about OASIS classes


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