Posted on 12/10/2015

How to live a more independent life with Arthritis - Infographic

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How to live a more independent life with Arthritis - Infographic

With 10 million people living with Arthritis in the UK alone, it’s one of the most commonly known diseases to affect the flexibility and effectiveness of joints throughout the body.

If you look online, you’ll find no end of general information about the two main types – Osteoarthritis (OA) which affects about 8 million people and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) which affects around 400,000. However, there is significantly less information about the equipment available to help those with arthritis live a more independent life.

That’s where we come in.

Symptoms which make daily routines more difficult

There is currently no cure for Arthritis and, as a degenerative disease, this means any symptoms which present will gradually grow worse over time. Early diagnosis and a combination of treatments can reduce the impact of the condition, but you may already be experiencing:

  • Joint instability, pain and stiffness through worn cartilage
  • Joint swelling through the formation of osteophytes (bony spurs)
  • Hand and finger deformities such as swan neck and boutonniere
  • Deformities in the feet and toes affecting your range of movement
  • Fatigue and pain in the knees, hips, hands and spine

Equipment to boost confidence through independent living

The right daily living aids can reduce the impact that Arthritis has on everyday activities. Even the smallest changes can make a big difference, as you can see here:

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Try before you buy

Although the team at NRS can provide clinical expertise and product advice over the phone or via web chat, we often venture out to various exhibitions, open days and awareness events with a range of daily living aids in tow, giving you the opportunity to try our demonstration products and ensure they suit your needs before buying online or from our catalogue.

We even join forces with our Safe+Well Team in some areas, where our expert Occupational Therapists offer advice and assessments to ensure you get the right equipment.

One last thing to consider

If you know or care for someone who has been diagnosed with Arthritis, make sure they’re able to continue engaging with activities which are meaningful, not just essential, to maintain quality of life and wellbeing.

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