Occupational therapy is 1 way for individuals with arthritis to regain their mobility and independence. Carole Dodge, an occupational therapist with the University of Michigan Health System, offers the following joint protection suggestions:
Use the largest and strongest joint possible to perform a task
Avoid beginning an activity that cannot be stopped immediately if it proves to be exhausting or beyond the ability to complete
Control weight to reduce stress on the joints Also, Dodge offers advice on how people with arthritis can conserve energy and decrease fatigue:
Organize chores so as to eliminate unnecessary tasks such as reaching and carrying
Try to sit when doing chores
Plan and schedule daily tasks and activities, spreading the heavy and light tasks throughout the day
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