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Osteoarthritis effect on lifestyle

Do you live with osteoarthritis ?  Does it get on top of you ?  Whether you take meds or not, suffers say it can still have a negative effect on their lifestyle.

Facts about Osteoarthritis

You may know Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the UK.   Sufferers experience any one of a range of symptoms and of course not just physical ones.

Discomfort or pain in the neck and lower back, hands, knees and hips are common.  In the UK, Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of knee and hip replacements.  No “one fits all” regime works to manage symptoms.

The condition can be identified by bony growths around the edges of the joints, inflammation of the tissues in and around the joints and damage to cartilage.  Severity of symptoms varies widely with a proportion of sufferers experiencing limited mobility.

Did you know Osteoarthritis is more common in women than men ?  It usually develops in people over 50.  There is no cure of course, but a tailored treatment plan can go some way to helping manage symptoms.

Effect on Lifestyle

Living day to day with osteoarthritis can mean making adjustments to your lifestyle.  Osteoarthritis can limit job choices.  What tends be less appreciated by non sufferers is that with reduced mobility even everyday tasks can be awkward.  Perhaps just getting dressed in the morning can be time consuming ?  Baths and showers might be unsatisfying because you can’t stretch to wash parts of your body.  The same might be said of applying lotions to your body.

Medical Aids for Osteoarthritis

Thankfully, new products are being launched all the time to help overcome reduced mobility.  We launched our back scratchers and lotion applicators in 2003 to meet the needs of people living with reduced mobility.

Our Medical Cream Back Applicator helps you apply your ointment or prescription cream exactly where it’s needed. Ergonomically designed and launched to rave reviews, these can be used on your back and neck and any other part of the body that may be hard to reach.