The pain and stiffness from arthritis may make it hard
for you to do your daily tasks. For instance, if you have problems with your
hands or fingers, you may find it hard to type or to open and close a door. If
you have problems with your hips or knees, it may be hard to go up and down
stairs or get in and out of a chair.
When these everyday tasks get
harder to do, you may feel tired and frustrated. But there are some changes you
can make in your home and work area that can help you move more easily and with
You can find some of these devices and tools online, in
medical supply stores and catalogs, and in local retail and home improvement
An occupational therapist can help you make these and
other changes to your home and work area.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the
nationally recognized professional association of approximately 35,000
occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students of
occupational therapy. AOTA's mission is to advance the quality, availability, use,
and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy,
education, and research on behalf of its members and the public.
The Arthritis Foundation provides grants to help find a
cure, prevention methods, and better treatment options for arthritis. It also
provides a large number of community-based services nationwide to make living
with arthritis easier, including self-help courses; water- and land-based
exercise classes; support groups; home study groups; instructional videotapes;
public forums; free educational brochures and booklets; the national, bimonthly
consumer magazine Arthritis Today; and continuing
education courses and publications for health professionals.
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal
and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is a governmental institute that serves the public
and health professionals by providing information, locating other information
sources, and participating in a national federal database of health
information. NIAMS supports research into the causes, treatment, and prevention
of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases and supports the training of
scientists to carry out this research.
The NIAMS website provides
health information referrals to the NIAMS Clearinghouse, which has information
packages about diseases.
April 8, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
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