Features June 2010 Issue

6 Ways to Make Household Chores Easier—and a Lot Less Painful

With the right approach, you can be productive despite joint pain.

Doing the laundry, preparing dinner, mopping floors and other routine chores can seem overwhelming when you suffer from arthritis pain and stiffness. But you can find ways to accomplish these and other tasks by "changing your mindset," says Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, vice chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases and director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center at the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute. "When you develop a chronic illness like arthritis, you have to change your mindset to change the way you’ve been doing things. That can be hard because people get used to doing things in a certain way.

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