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4 Tips for Protecting Arthritic Hands

by Health After 50  

Along with the treatments your doctor recommends for hand arthritis, incorporate these strategies to protect your joints daily:

  • Carry heavy bags on your arm rather than with your hand.
  • Wrap foam or cloth around the handles of pots, pans, and knives to cushion the grips.
  • Get a wheeled carrier to pull heavy items like grocery bags and laundry.
  • Replace round faucet handles and doorknobs with lever-style handles, which are easier to turn.

This content first appeared in the January 2019 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.