Modifying Activities for Osteoarthritis
If you have
osteoarthritis and your joints hurt when you do an
activity, try other ways of doing it that do not cause pain.
- If you get tired when you do a task for long
periods of time, break the task down into several smaller tasks, and rest
- Avoid extended periods of standing, and try not to
kneel or squat. Sit or take regular breaks when doing tasks that take a long
- Use higher chairs or seat cushions, and avoid sitting in
chairs that are very low.
- Use the largest joint or part of your
body to do things. For example, push doors open with your hip or shoulder
instead of your hand or arm.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David A. Fleckenstein, MPT - Physical Therapy|
|Last Revised||April 8, 2011|