Gripping, lifting and carrying are essential for dozens of daily tasks, so it’s important to do them in a joint-friendly way to avoid pain and injury. Carole Dodge, an occupational therapist at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, offers this advice.
Mind your thumbs. If you have thumb pain, a common arthritis-related problem, avoid picking up or carrying purses, bags or other items in an overhand grasp with your fingers curled under the handle. Instead, use both hands, palms facing up, to scoop the bag to a higher surface, like a countertop or chair, then loop the strap over your ...more