We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our site. Cookies are files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience.

By continuing to use our website without changing the settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more

How does occupational therapy help?

At your first appointment, your occupational therapist will assess your condition, including which joints are affected and where you have pain. They’ll ask about any problems you’re having with everyday tasks. It’ll help if you think about these before your appointment. This might include difficulties with:

  • washing and dressing
  • household tasks and cooking, including difficulty using appliances
  • getting around both inside and outside your home
  • driving
  • work activities
  • leisure and social activities
  • childcare and looking after others
  • sleep
  • using your hands.

When they’ve highlighted particular problems, your occupational therapist will explore possible solutions with you. This may include:

  • practical advice on overcoming everyday difficulties
  • suggesting different ways to help you do things more easily
  • advice on managing work and leisure activities
  • discussing your condition and helping you to help yourself
  • providing advice on your condition either one to one or through education/information groups
  • advice about managing mood and stress
  • providing splints or arthritis gloves to rest or support your joints and help reduce your pain
  • suggesting hand exercises to help improve movement and grip
  • referral to other agencies, for example physiotherapy or Social Services.


0800 5200 520

Our new helpline: Call us for free information, help and advice on your type of arthritis. Open Mon–Fri 9am–8pm.

All calls are recorded for training and quality purposes

Virtual Assistant

Our new Arthritis Virtual Assistant uses artificial intelligence to answer your arthritis related questions 24/7.

Ask a question
For more information, go to
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.