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Assistive devices and orthotics are tools that help you hold objects,
open and close things, transfer weight while shifting positions, or walk. It is
important to find a balance between use and rest of a painful (arthritic)
joint. When exercise is not enough to control pain, assistive devices and
orthotics may help to reduce stress on a joint by shifting weight off of the
joint. The Arthritis Foundation at 1-800-283-7800 or a medical supply company
may be able to help you find assistive devices.
Assistive devices should be used in combination with exercise.
April 9, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
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