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Osteoarthritis: 15 Tips for Daily Living

Osteoarthritis can make it difficult to get into and out of a car.
Simple aids can protect your cartilage and help you work around your condition.
: Cushioned soles allow you to exercise and perform physical activity with less pain.
Sitting instead of standing in the kitchen is less likely to aggravate knee pain.
Use your hips to close drawers and cabinets.
Shopping can mean pain when you have arthritis.
Squatting can be hard on the synovium in the knees.
If pain develops while you are doing housework, take a break.
Stairs can be tough if you have knee osteoarthritis.
Protect joints by using a loofah or bath mitt.
Use heat to alleviate joint symptoms and help you sleep.
Helpful kitchen utensils can help you overcome physical limitations in the kitchen.
Brushing teeth with an electric toothbrush is easier when you have osteoarthritis.
An ergonomic set up protects your helth.
Treatment with an occupational therapist can help you do activities despite your disease.

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Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR on Friday, July 21, 2017

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