Hand arthritis is common in menopause. When estrogen production declines, joints become more painful and inflamed. When you have hand arthritis, it’s difficult to do your daily activities. Symptoms of hand arthritis may include swelling, pain, redness, and stiffness.
You can purchase arthritic hand aids that can decrease your pain, and improve your range of motion. Here are four nifty tools for hand arthritis:
These gloves are lined with trioxon, which allows you to wear them for long periods of time without your hands sweating. Designed to keep hands warm, these gloves have just the right amount of compression to minimize pain and swelling. A Velcro fastener keeps gloves in place, and is easy to fasten.
Are you having trouble getting lids off of jars? Jar-Pop easily opens vacuum-sealed jars. All it takes is a gentle lift upward, and the lid can easily be removed. Best of all, the lids remain sealable after opening.
When you have limited movement in your hands, eating can be difficult, and you may end up spilling food on yourself. The UBend-it Bendable Spoon or Fork has a twist in the shaft so you can position it at a comfortable angle when you’re eating.
If you are still employed, a work splint allows you to type, use a computer, or whatever you need to do. A splint supports your wrist and hand joints, while decreasing your pain. If you choose, you can wear a splint that includes support for the thumb,
Splints are made of breathable materials so they’re comfortable to wear all day long. When you take breaks and lunch, just unfasten the Velcro straps and you’re good to go.