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Joint protection for long-term pain

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It’s important to understand the way in which your condition affects your joints and causes pain so that you’re aware of how best to move without putting them under strain. A rheumatology occupational therapist (OT) can explain how to effectively use and protect your joints as well as reduce pain. This may involve changing the way you normally do things – for example, learning different ways of doing a particular task or using aids like jar openers and key turners to help you.

You may be able to try out a range of small gadgets, and your OT can advise on where to buy them.

Suggestions on how to reorganise your home or work environment, such as relocating items that you use most so they’re within easy reach, may also help.

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