Arthritis is an invisible condition affecting millions of people in their daily lives. With the help of treatments such as medication, mobility aids and adapting your surroundings it is possible to help comfort symptoms and live a fulfilling life.
With over 10 million people living with Arthritis, it is the number one cause of pain and disability in the UK alone. An invisible condition that covers a range of over 200 different types including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid, arthritis can also affect children and young people, most types being known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), while causes for this are unknown, symptoms can often improve as the child gets older.
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of arthritis, consult your GP.
If you are already diagnosed or want to find out more information, here are some useful links from charities and organisations that specialise in arthritis.
Whilst many different treatments for arthritis do exist including painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes surgery, there is currently no cure. Treatments can include therapies, exercises and mobility aids that can assist people who have arthritis to lead fuller lives.
1 in 4 people who have arthritis, can have it for over 20 years, so it is important to help those live better with the condition by not only improving access to treatments through the NHS but by developing ways of making everyday life easier as normal routines can become difficult when arthritis develops. You can click through to the underlined links in the descriptions below to view our related products.
Daily wear aids such as knee wraps, arthritic gloves and socks can help to ease pain and symptoms. Silipos socks help avoid friction when walking to prevent ulcers and calluses forming, as they feature a small layer of gel throughout the sole. Arthritic knee wraps and gloves can help protect and support painful joints, while also providing compression and warmth - often easy to adjust with a Velcro strap. If you find getting dressed a bit of a struggle, there are many different types of dressing aids which can help with things like fastening zips and buttons, putting on socks, tights, underwear and bras. There are even mobility aids that can help you brush and style your hair effortlessly.
Comfort grip handles and openers can provide needed support in the kitchen when preparing and eating food. If hands and joints are painful when opening jars and cans, food preparation aids such as an Auto Can Opener or OXO Jar Opener can help relieve strain and make the task effortless. Lifting kettles or plates can become a daunting and dangerous task if you experience severe pain or weakness in the hands. Luckily, this can be made easier with the likes of a kettle tipper or plate holder that provides assistance with pouring and lifting.
Maintaining independence while living with arthritis is important not only for the person’s dignity but also for their mental health. When it comes to normal bathing and toileting routines, this can prove difficult if unaided however there are now hundreds of solutions that can help to maintain independence in the bathroom. Bath lifts can help to keep the joy of a relaxing bath accessible and easy by providing the user with different options to experience bathing, from reclining lifts to inflating bathing cushions and many different accessories to suit multiple needs. Bathroom rails can provide extra support for getting in and out of the bath or shower and moving around the bathroom. See our handy guide to buying the right grab rails for more information.
A raised toilet seat or toilet frame can work wonders for anyone with joint pain who finds nipping to the loo has become difficult. Soft or firm, depending on your needs, a raised loo seat can provide relief to sore knees and hips when using the toilet as they prevent the user from placing themselves too low.
If you struggle to sit or stand up again, a full sturdy frame can provide that much needed support and assistance. Many can be height adjusted to perfectly meet the needs of the user. Some frames also come with a built-in raised toilet seat if both are required, such as the Mowbray.
Reachers are a handy tool to have around the house as they allow you to reach and grab dropped or high up items without too much bending and stretching or unnecessary pain. A rising aid can give you a boost when sitting or standing from a chair or sofa. Using keys easily may seem like second nature unless you have weakened joints or experience arthritis in the hands, which can make the simple turning of a key difficult and painful. Key turners provide a large grip handle to ease strain when unlocking doors. Similar to getting in and out of the car, this everyday task can become troublesome for those with joint or back pain, however little things like car handles and car cushions can make car journeys stress-free and comfortable again. If extra support is needed while walking, a rollator is a strong choice for aiding walking and maintaining independence, with lots of different styles there is something for everyone.
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of arthritis, consult your GP or OT.
If you are already diagnosed or want to find out more information, here are some useful links from charities and organisations that specialise in arthritis:
NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/arthritis/ - Types, symptoms and treatments
Arthritis Care: https://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/ - Advice on living well with arthritis
CCAA: http://www.ccaa.org.uk/ Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association