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Knee Arthritis: Assistive Devices to Help Patients with Arthritis Pain Print E-mail

If you suffer from knee arthritis, everyday activities such as getting dressed in the morning, going up stairs and even using the shower can be difficult. There are many assistive devices available that may make your life easier and more productive. Your doctor or occupational therapist can identify specific assistive devices that will help you in your daily life.


If you have stiff joints from knee arthritis, a raised toilet seat may be helpful. You may also wish to install rails by the side of the toilet to make it easier for you to move on and off of it. Showering is easier if you have a shower seat and grab bars. There are companies that focus on creating showers for people with disabilities. You may also find these devices useful:

  • non-skid safety mats
  • long-handled brush or sponge
  • hand-held shower head


Putting on socks and shoes may be very difficult for someone with knee arthritis. You can purchase an extended handle shoehorn and dressing sticks to help you in the mornings. Reachers can help you pick up things that are on the floor. Slip-on shoes may be easier to use than shoes that tie.

Climbing stairs

If you can, avoid stairs. If you must climb stairs, always use the handrail and take your time. Use your best leg first when going up and lead with the bad leg on the way down. If you are unable to climb stairs in your home, you may want to explore installing a stair lift that will allow you to move easily up and down the stairs.


A cane is the best assistive aid for problems with walking. There are many different types of canes. A popular choice for many people is a quad cane that has four tips at the end to give stability. With knee arthritis, use the hand on the same side as the problem knee. Walkers or crutches may also help people who are unable to use a cane.

You can buy most of these assistive devices in department stores, medical supply stores, through specialized mail-order catalogs, or through medical assistance web sites.


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