If you’re reading this, then you probably suffer from arthritis or some form of chronic joint pain. You probably also have first hand experience on just how challenging it is to go through your usual, everyday routine given your condition.
Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Statistically, 1 in 4 people at some point in their life will suffer from arthritis. That’s a lot of people who need to learn to manage and cope with the challenges of everyday living despite suffering from chronic pain. And aside from the traditional aids like walkers and compression garments, there are a lot of other clever tools available today to help you maintain your quality of life. Here are some of our top picks (you can click on the product names to find out where to get them) —
This clever device easily attaches to your car’s seatbelt strap and extends out an additional six inches so you don’t have to fumble with the belt. This makes buckling up significantly easier for people who suffer from joint pain in their hands.
When your hands are in pain, even something as simple as using scissors can be difficult. These specialty scissors has a spring-loaded handle that reduces pressure on your fingers and joints while still getting the job done.
While not specifically designed for arthritic hands, the mechanism helps protect your finger and wrist joints. Simply slip the lid in and wedge it into the device, turn the jar gently while gripping it with both hands and the lid turns easily.
Another alternative that completely automates the process is this electric jar opener. This completely eliminates the need for you to twist your hands to open jars.
If you’ve recently found yourself fumbling (unsuccessfully) with tiny buttons because of arthritic hands, try this. Featuring a cushioned grip, this tool helps you get dressed easily despite your condition.
Tying your laces becomes problematic when you have stiff, aching fingers and joints. The solution? Switch from cotton laces to elastic ones so that you can easily slip your feet into shoes without untying and tying your laces up.
When you suffer from aching joints, getting in and out of the car can be difficult. Try the Stander HandyBar. This tool can be inserted in any car door’s striker (located inside the frame), rotate to lock and you can now use as a reliable support to help you get in and out.
Aching finger joints make it near impossible to jot down simple notes using a standard ballpoint pen. So be sure to stock up on these ergonomic pens, which help ease strain on your wrist and fingers.
If typing has become especially difficult due to your condition, consider using this typing aid. It fastens easily on the base of your finger via a Velcro strap to make it easier for anyone with limited mobility or a weak grip to type.
Twisting your body around in your seat can be difficult if your hips and back are already killing you. This cushion lets you position yourself on any chair easily, which makes it great for anyone who has limited mobility. And because it’s portable, you can easily use it at home, at work or even in your car.
This tool helps users pour from a kettle without having to lift it at all. The device fits a majority of standard kettles and jugs. Simply place the kettle on the platform, secure with the Velcro strap to hold it in place and pull the lever up gently to tilt and pour.
If you know of any more clever tools that can help make living with arthritis easier, please feel free to share it below.