Make your life easier with aids, equipment and other gadgets
Do you find that at times you struggle with everyday tasks?
When you have a musculoskeletal condition, simple things like pulling on your shoes, opening jars, combing your hair or sitting for long periods can sometimes become difficult and painful.
The good news is there are a variety of aids, gadgets and other equipment available to help you manage. They can also help reduce stress on your muscles and joints, save energy, prevent fatigue and basically make your life easier.
There are gadgets that can help you with everything from cooking, cleaning, getting dressed, driving, gardening, using technology and working.
Some things – e.g. kitchen utensils or gardening tools with thick handles that are easier to hold– can be found in many of the stores we already shop at.
Other items need to be bought from specialty stores or pharmacies. Or you may be able to modify objects that you already own – e.g. if you have sore hands, foam tubing can be used to create an easier grip on your pens.
Because there are so many options, it’s helpful to speak with an occupational therapist (OT) to get specific information and advice.
OTs work in the public and private sectors. You can access them through public and private hospitals, community health centres, independent living centres and private practice.
As well as helping you with aids and equipment, OTs can help you learn better ways to do everyday activities to help you:
- protect your joints
- reduce the pain caused by doing certain activities
- save energy.
They can also provide advice about pacing your day and activities so you can achieve a balance between activity and rest.
The important thing to keep in mind is that there are many aids and gadgets available that can make your life easier. You don’t have to struggle.
Talk with an OT today.
You can also contact our MSK Help Line on 1800 263 265 and speak with a nurse or trained volunteer for information about living well with a musculoskeletal condition. We’re here to help!