Today’s guest post was written and submitted by Andy Caton of Patient Handling.
Arthritis is one of the most common diseases of the bones and joints around the world, specifically in women. In the simplest of terms, it is the chipping away of the protective layer of bones that help them slide smoothly against each other as you move. When this layer is damaged, friction increases which damages the joints progressively.
While there are quite a lot of comprehensive treatment methods that help curtail the progression of this disease, you can also make use of the following five objects that help manage this disease on a daily basis and make your life easier:
Long Rod Object Graspers
One inevitable outcome of arthritis is the inability to reach up to objects placed on high shelves. Even if you try and succeed, you end up feeling a lot of pain and stiffness in the joints afterwards. As such, one object that can help you on a daily basis to manage arthritis and carry out your daily tasks is to get a long rod grasper that allows you to get hold of things without having to look up or move your neck significantly. Same goes for bending down to lower shelves. Use a grasper to bring the objects onto the front and pick them up with holders.
Depending on the extremity of arthritis, making use of either a walker with wheels or a simple cane can help a great deal in easing out the impact of arthritis. Most of the arthritis patients experience distress due to their movement being restricted because of the disease. Walkers or canes help shift your weight on them and aid you in moving about in a better way, around the house as well as outside. Arthritis intensifies more when you are heavy weight because then your bones and joints have to bear more pressure. As such, this object helps in dividing the weight and managing the disease a great deal.
Arthritis most commonly affects the knees, and in some cases neck as well. Making use of knee cap support helps maintain the position of your knees as you walk around and prevents the likelihood of painful joint disposition as you perform the daily tasks. Same goes for neck collar support. Collars help keep the neck straight and in a steady position so you don’t experience sprain and pressure as frequently as you do without it.
Assistive Kitchen Equipment
When t comes to working in the kitchen which is unavoidable, use equipment that shares the work you do with hands. For example, use electric or levered can openers rather than using knives that require you to exert significant pressure.
Hot water bottle
This is a heavy rubber bottle in which you can pour hot water, seal it shut and use it to warm your joint stiffness, especially in the morning. Arthritis patients regularly experience morning joint stiffness due to a consistent inactivity during the sleep hours. This helps prepare you for movement throughout the day. Even during the day if constant work causes pain in the joints, you can sit for a couple of minutes to warm your joints with hot water bottle and feel better.
Patient Handling supplies Patient lifters, Ceiling hoists, Power wheelchairs , Manual handling equipment and rehabilitation equipment to public and private hospitals and aged care facilities. They also supply direct to the public nationally via their webstore and from their fully stocked showroom in Marrickville, Sydney. Patient Handling is the exclusive Australian importers for Molift patient lifters and slings, TA-Service power wheelchairs and Stiegelmeyer hospital beds. They are a family owned business Established in 2003.