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Living Aids for Arthritis

Updated on February 11, 2013

Living with arthritis, and in my case also carpal tunnel syndrome, can leave you feeling weak and powerless at times. Especially with the hands. it is hard to get through a day without over using them.

Since I have learned that every little bit of aid helps with easing some swelling and pain, I have been looking for ways to still do the thing that I need to on a daily basis a little easier.

A great example of this has been the use of my iPad. Since typing is as easy as just tapping on the screen, I find it so much easier to spend time on it over using a keyboard for the computer. It is also small enough for me to move around easily and has lots of functions to it.

I also have a love for my Tommie Copper Fingerless Compression Gloves. Not only do they offer me some pain relief, but the grips help with holding objects, they keep my hands warmer, and they add a lot if comfort if I wear them under my wrist braces. You can read my full review linked above.

The Tommie Copper Fingerless Compression gloves adds both relief and comfort.
The Tommie Copper Fingerless Compression gloves adds both relief and comfort.

Aid With Driving A Vehicle

My hands tend to get so tired while holding on to the steering wheel for any length of time. I guess it brings a new meaning to 'white knuckle driving'.

Recently I remembered from many years ago that I used a steering wheel ball on a fork lift I used to drive all day. I wondered if they still made these and easily located one or two available at a local auto parts store.

The installation should be fairy simple for the average person since it only clamps on to your steering wheel with a couple of Allen screws. Of course I struggled with my numb fingers to get it installed in a comfortable spot for me, but it will pay off in the long run. It allows me to grip more with my whole palm instead of just my fingers. It is even comfortable to use when wearing braces with metal splints for my wrist.


Aid For The Kitchen

I love the Ove' Glove for its great gripping power when holding on to hot pots and pans. Unlike a regular pot holder, being able to get all your fingers wrapped around a handle or pot allowing a much greater and safer grip. You may find these at a local store or they are available from Amazon in a two pack.

Ove' Glove Hot Surface Handler, 1 Glove (Pack of 2)


Aid With Writing

It often amazes me that writing for any length of time can put so much stress on my hands and my handwriting gets harder and harder to be legible. Just jotting down some notes doesn't seem to be an issue for me but if I plan on using for a while I need a good pen with a solid grip on it.

The Dr. Grip pens offers a great ball point and gel ink pens that are endorsed as ergonomic and arthritis friendly by the Arthritis Foundation.

Pilot Dr. Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Refillable, Black Barrel with Black Ink, 1-Count, 36100

How often do you use living aids for your arthritis?

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Share Your Favorite Aid

Do you have a favorite aid that helps you every day? These are just a few of my favorites but you can share your favorites with us in the comments below.


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    • iTommyGuns profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Blakeslee, PA

      I'm sorry to hear that rfmoran. I'm sure as you know, every little tip can help so thank you for stopping by and sharing yours.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      This hub speakes to me I'm sorry to say. You provide some great ideas for practical ways to live with a most annoying affliction. In the winter I wear jackets that slip easily over a sweater to give my shoulders a break. Good hub.


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