OT and YOU: September is National Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis and the Role of Occupational Therapy

There are many different types of arthritis, like osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Many osteoarthritis sufferers choose to have surgery, ie. knee or hip replacement surgery to decrease pain and improve function.

Occupational Therapists are critical members of the health care team pre and post surgery. They ensure the client's home environment is set up for them before being discharged and that they have the necessary home equipment, adaptive aids, and supports in place for their safety and independence.

Arthritis sufferers often struggle in completing many of their daily activities, ie. they may find it difficult to button their shirt, prepare meals, or stand for long periods of time due to joint pain. An occupational therapist may suggest the following modifications to a person with arthritis: a button aid to assist them in buttoning their shirt, adaptive kitchen aids to assist in preparing meals independently, and to bring a chair nearby their workstation to sit as needed.

Find out more about the Ease of Use Program .

Energy Conservation is very important when you have arthritis. Here are a few Energy Conservation tips.

Managing and Preventing Arthritis involves joint protection, planning ahead, and modifying your environment.

Fatigue is often dubbed the "silent symptom" of arthritis. Fighting off fatigue is the key to managing daily activities and can be done more easily by following the "Four P's" strategy: Priorities, Pacing, Planning, Posture.

Want to find out more about Arthritis?

The Arthritis Society provides leadership and funding for research, advocacy, and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by arthritis. It's a great resource for clients and health professionals alike.

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