New York Times: How To Pursue An Active Live With Arthritis

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Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. But with a few simple adjustments, life can be easier and less painful for the millions of people who now permit this common condition to limit what they are able to do and enjoy.

The changes can be as simple as playing with grandchildren on the couch or at a table, instead of on the floor, said one knowledgeable grandfather, Dr. Kenneth Brandt, who is also an orthopedic surgeon and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

The trick is to decide what activities are important to you and then modify them in ways that ease symptoms like pain, stiffness and fatigue. Arthritis may be a mechanical disability, but it need not turn people into couch potatoes.

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  1. abcsofra

    I recently returned from a trip to the northeast and used a similar jar opening by pampered chef. It is on my must get list!! She has some good ideas. Although almost all I have put into practice and give her a hands up on them all, I am always looking for more ways to improve my life with ra and to keep moving. I so agree…if I don’t use it I will loose it. And no, this doesn’t mean we don’t have pain while moving…it just means we should try as hard as we can (and yes there are days we might not be able to)…to keep moving or “just do it”. I have wanted to tatoo that saying on my forehead lately.

  2. Carla

    Excuse me? “the millions of people who now permit this common condition to limit what they are able to do and enjoy”. I am choking on the word “permit”. Trust me, I didn’t give “permission” to RA to interfere with my life. What a poor choice of words.

  3. Kate@CookingwithArthur

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s articles like this that got me blogging. Sharing ways we can all keep doing are favourite activities is so important. For me, it’s cooking and recipes. Watching TV chefs happily ‘julienne’ vegetables or whisk-up sauces when I could barely hold a fork made me so miserable, I had to try and find a way around it or just end up hurling stuff at the TV every night.

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