Daily Living / Coping With Osteoarthritis
What Is a Hip Kit?
A hip kit is a necessary item to have following hip replacement surgery.
Power Tools Are Must-Have for People With Osteoarthritis
With osteoarthritis, you may lose strength and mobility. Power tools help compensate for your physical limitations.
Gradening With Osteoarthritis
Gardening is enjoyable on so many levels. Gardening with osteoarthritis presents challenges but none that should interfere with your love of gardening.
How to Sleep Better With Osteoarthritis
It seems logical that better pain control would help you sleep better. There are also several simple ideas that help you sleep better with osteoarthritis that have to do with your habits and sleep environment.
How Do You Stay Young Despite Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis has been called an "old person's disease" but you don't have to be a senior citizen to have the condition. Still, how do you escape the bad rap? Do you work at staying young despite having osteoarthritis?See submissions
Difficult Osteoarthritis Recommendations
Many of the recommendations for managing osteoarthritis involve exercise, weight loss, pacing your activities, getting enough rest, and being compliant with your treatment plan. Which of the recommendations have you found most difficult to follow?
New Reality With Osteoarthritis - New Reality
Not long after being diagnosed, osteoarthritis lets you know you are facing your new reality. By new reality, I mean that physical limitations will interfere with what you can and can not do.
Get to Sleep - What Helps You Get to Sleep
About 25% of adults with arthritis have trouble with sleep -- either getting to sleep or staying asleep. Are you among the arthritis patients who have problems when trying to get to sleep? What ultimately helps you get to sleep?
Can You Always Stop Before You Overdo Activities With Osteoarthritis?
Even with osteoarthritis, you want to live a full life and not hold back. If you overdo activities though, you pay the price with increased pain and fatigue. Is it hard not to overdo? See submissions
Making Adjustments to Help Osteoarthritis - Adjustments
To effectively manage osteoarthritis so the disease doesn't disrupt usual activities, you may have had to make adjustments. What changes and adjustments have you made to help cope with osteoarthritis?
Handicap Parking - The Handicap Parking Process
Handicap parking is a convenience for patients who qualify. Have you balked at getting a handicap parking permit because you feel you don't really need it or because of embarrassment?
Assistive Devices - Useful Assistive Devices
Assistive devices can be very useful for people living with limitations related to osteoarthritis. Assistive devices are available to help you in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, car, and more. What assistive devicess have been invaluable to you?
Christmas Gifts That Comfort - Christmas Gifts
Christmas gifts are traditionally exchanged on Christmas eve or Christmas day. You may know what Christmas gifts you are getting already, but for sure you know what you want. Which Christmas gifts might make living with arthritis easier or better?
Osteoarthritis Help - Getting Help for Osteoarthritis
Finding osteoarthritis help can seem overwhelming to someone having early symptoms. Osteoarthritis help comes from many sources -- your doctor, physical therapists, occupational therapists, support groups, friends, family -- and don't forget to help yourself.
Osteoarthritis Gets No Respect - Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis doesn't make the news as often as rheumatoid arthritis or some other types of arthritis. Generally speaking, people don't seem to understand how painful and disabling osteoarthritis can be. Most people don't get that osteoarthritis is a chronic condition. Do you agree osteoarthritis gets no respect?
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of psychotherapy which is based on the concept that your unhealthy moods and behaviors are derived from negative thoughts and beliefs. Cognitive behavioral therapy puts the responsibiility on you, not on other people or outside situations.
Living With Osteoarthritis - How Is Living With Osteoarthritis
People formulate expectations based on previous experience. For example, if your grandmother had osteoarthritis, her experience may affect your perception of the disease. How has living with osteoarthritis yourself impacted your life? Has the disease impacted your life more than you thought it would? Basically, what did you expect living with osteoarthritis to be like and what's it really like?
Readers Respond: Were You Referred to Occupational Therapy?
An occupational therapy program, such as activity strategy training, can help you determine what it is that's keeping you from being more active. Whether it's a physical limitation or an environmental barrier -- overcoming that limitation or barrier should allow you to increase your level of physical activity. Readers Respond: Were You Referred to Occupational Therapy for Osteoarthitis Symptoms?
Self-Assessment - How Well Are You Managing Your Osteoarthritis?
There are things you can do to help manage your osteoarthritis. Take this self-assessment quiz to see how you are doing.
Does Fatigue Impact Lives of Osteoarthritis Patients?
Fatigue is typically associated with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory rheumatic conditions. Fatigue is not typically related to osteoarthritis -- or is it? Fatigue in osteoarthritis is not routinely evaluated in the doctor's office and it has been the focus of only a few studies.
How Osteoarthritis Can Affect Your Sexual Health
Pain and symptoms associated with osteoarthritis can impact your sexual health. The impact can be both physical and emotional. There are things you can do to make sure your sexual health isn't being ignored.
8 Best Things to Do for Arthritis
A person who must deal with chronic arthritis faces many life-altering challenges. These 8 (-ate) actions can help a person deal with the challenges and maintain a positive attitude at the same time.
How to Obtain a Handicapped Parking Permit
People with chronic disabilities such as arthritis often wait too long before getting a handicapped parking permit. People think they don't qualify or its too much trouble, but it's not. Here's how to obtain a handicapped parking permit.
Osteoarthritis and Depression
Depression can be associated with osteoarthritis and other chronic pain conditions.
Arthritis Affects Daily Living Activities
Arthritis can interfere with daily living activities. Physical limitations make daily living activities more difficult for people with arthritis.
10 Cooking Tips for People With Arthritis
Cooking can be difficult for people with arthritis who live with physical limitations, pain, and fatigue. These 10 cooking tips can help you make the task more manageable.
How to Prevent Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are major causes of serious injury and death. Slips and falls have many causes, but usually have one thing in common. They could have been prevented.
Safe Driving With Osteoarthritis
Safe driving is the goal of every driver, but physical limitations make it more important to be aware.
Traveling With Medications - What You Need to Know
Medications are part of a daily routine for people living with arthritis. When away from home for a period of time or traveling, it's important to manage medications appropriately. These tips will help you avoid problems with medication when traveling.
Osteoarthritis Care is Less Than Optimal for Elderly
Osteoarthritis affects up to 80 percent of elderly adults. For elderly people who live alone, osteoarthritis (especially of the knees or hips) is the leading cause of inability to participate in daily activities.
Since osteoarthritis is a chronic disease, patients must learn how to best manage the condition. From your own experience, what advice can you offer newly-diagnosed osteoarthritis patients? Share your best bit of osteoarthritis advice.
Do You Own a Lift Chair?
Getting from sit to stand is something most people don't think twice about. If you have arthritis though, you likely know how that simple motion is made difficult. A lift chair is an electric chair with a mechanism that lifts you from sit to stand. Do you have a lift chair? How did you select your lift chair?
Heat Wraps Soothe Arthritis Symptoms
Heat wraps apply heat to a joint for pain relief that lasts. Various heat wraps are designed to soothe specific joints.
Hobbies and Osteoarthritis - Hobbies
With physical limitations caused by arthritis, it's hard to continue certain hobbies. Have you been able to find a way to continue your hobbies?
Dependable or Not With Osteoarthritis - Dependable
Most people are proud to be considered dependable by family and friends. Living with osteoarthritis can make you less dependable. Have you become...
Stay Active - Why Difficult to Stay Active
Researchers and health care professionals emphasize the importance of staying physically active. With regular physical activity, you can reduce pain associated with arthritis, improve balance, improve mobility, improve your energy level, and improve strength. Knowing that, why is it a problem to stay physically active?
Last-Minute Gifts for People with Osteoarthritis
It's difficult to come up with a last-minute gift idea under the best of circumstances. We've got suggestions for gifts that someone with arthritis would appreciate.