Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To ease pain and improve joint mobility, try to:

  • Modify hand tools. Consider purchasing adaptive equipment — such as jar openers, key turners and large zipper pulls — designed for people with limited hand strength. Replace traditional door handles, which you must grasp with your thumb, with levers.
  • Apply cold. Icing the joint for five to 15 minutes several times a day can help relieve swelling and pain.
Animation showing toothbrushes with and without foam handles.
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May 14, 2015

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