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Modifying Activities for Osteoarthritis

Topic Overview

If you have osteoarthritis and your joints hurt when you do an activity, try other ways of doing it that do not cause pain.

  • If you get tired when you do a task for long periods of time, break the task down into several smaller tasks, and rest between them.
  • Avoid extended periods of standing, and try not to kneel or squat. Sit or take regular breaks when doing tasks that take a long time.
  • Use higher chairs or seat cushions, and avoid sitting in chairs that are very low.
  • Use the largest joint or part of your body to do things. For example, push doors open with your hip or shoulder instead of your hand or arm.

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Current as of: December 8, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

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