Advice from Dr. Arthritis: Handy Tools for Arthritic Knees
According to the NCBI, osteoarthritis (OA) is actually the most common joint disorder in the United States. And among adults 60 years of age or older, the prevalence of symptomatic knee OA is approximately 10% in men and 13% in women.
So for this week’s post, we wanted to feature handy tools made specifically to manage the pain in your knees.
Portable Lifting Seats
When you suffer from chronic knee pain, raising your seat just, even by just a few inches, can make a major difference. This means you won’t have to bend your knees as much to sit down, and you won’t put too much pressure on your joints when you try to get up.
Try the Carex Upeasy Power Seat –a portable alternative that helps you gently lift yourself off your seat.
Toilet Seat Raiser
The same concept applies for toilet seats. You’ll want to add a seat on top of it that will help you avoid slipping and make it easy for you to get in and out.
Try the Etac Hi-Loo with brackets—an easy to install and ergonomically designed, bracket to make going to the bathroom as comfortable and pain free as possible.
Knee Sleeves and Braces
Inflamed joints can be managed by ensuring that ample compression is applied in the affected area. This is the primary value that knee sleeves and knee supports can provide arthritis sufferers. Assistive tools such as knee support for ligaments injuries, or knee supports for joint pain can help alleviate painful symptoms and bring down swelling by helping blood circulate more efficiently in your limbs.
While there are numerous options available–knee supports, knee brace, knee sleeves, knee straps, keep in mind that choosing the right one involves a lot of trial and error. A knee support for ligament injury may be different from a knee support for men, or a knee brace support for women–not just in terms of style, but in function. A knee brace or knee support is traditionally thicker and offers more robust support, while knee sleeves are thinner. A knee strap is usually designed for a specific joint. Ultimately, identifying the purpose and fusing it with the right combination of materials, and determining the right size are critical.
Our line, which includes color options and braces, as well as sleeves, is best known for its high copper content (which offers anti-bacterial properties) and lightweight material. Dedicated customer care also means it’s easy to talk to a team member who will assist you with choosing the right size or exchanging products to find the right fit.
Grip bars are essential for areas around the house that are slippery, like bathrooms. Securely installed to walls, you can use to help yourself get in and out of the tub or the shower while alleviating pressure on your knee.
For options, you can check out Bridge-Medical’s grip bars, which are available in varying styles and can be installed easily using suction bases.
Chronic pain in your knees caused by arthritis could mean you need more help than compression sleeves or canes. In such cases, consider using walkers. Thankfully, walkers today don’t necessarily look or feel clunky.
This particular style from Drive Medical is lightweight, easy to maneuver and can easily improve your mobility while easing pressure on your knees.
If you suffer from arthritis of the knee and know of any more tools that have helped you manage your pain, maintain independence, and improve your quality of life, leave a comment and tell us all about it below