Posted on 09/12/2015

Living with joint pain at Christmas

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Living with joint pain at Christmas

Joint pain is a very common problem with many possible causes, from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis to lupus, gout or inflammation of the joint lining. It can also be caused by an injury, such as a ligament tear in the joint or a fracture.

Joint pain can affect the way you carry out even the simplest, routine tasks. Getting in and out of bed or sitting and rising from the toilet can become more difficult, as can standing for a long period of time. In some cases your walking could be affected and you might find that you need to hold on to someone or something to feel safe and secure.

How can quality of life be improved?

If you’re in pain it’s important you visit a health professional, such as your GP, as soon as possible and follow their instructions for treatment (this often requires taking anti-inflammatory medication, pain killers and having physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles around the affected joint).

There are also a number of daily living aids that can assist you in your day to day life to make things easier – especially at Christmas when you need to be at your best to ensure all the cleaning, cooking and hosting is properly carried out!

Equipment to help ease the discomfort of joint pain

There are several different pieces of equipment that can assist someone living with chronic joint pain and help them to stay on top of things over the festive period:

  • A perching stool is perfect for resting on when you are preparing the Christmas roast, doing the dishes or in the bathroom getting ready to welcome your guests on Boxing Day.
  • To assist with mobility and stability when greeting visitors, an outside grab rail by the front door will help you stand for longer. Additionally, placing a contemporary indoor grab rail by the toilet or bath will offer you better balance and support whilst blending in with more modern surroundings.
  • Using a light, foldable walking stick when moving around is not only practical for saving space but also beneficial in offering extra support. Plus, they come in a range of vibrant patterns and colours.
  • If you fancy wearing your favourite Christmas shirt or blouse, but are finding the buttons more difficult to fasten, there are several dressing sticks that can help you out.
  • In the kitchen a can opener is highly useful if your grip isn’t what it used to be. Similarly, if holding the kettle is difficult, why not try a kettle tipper? Cutlery with a wider grip may also make holding a knife/fork/spoon easier when eating your Christmas dinner.

Why choose NRS Healthcare?

At NRS Healthcare, not only do we provide a wide range of daily living equipment for people living with joint pain, we also give professional support in the form of our expert Occupational Therapy team. Our highly qualified Occupational Therapists and OT Assistants can help you make an informed decision about daily living aids that will best benefit your situation.

If you have a question for our team about a specific product, or would like more information on how we can help you lead a more independent life, please feel free to use the ‘Live Chat’ button to the right of the screen on our homepage.

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