Getting Back Behind the Wheel

If arthritis is keeping you from driving, here are ways to regain your confidence to enjoy the road again.

Oh, the joys of getting behind the wheel. From the time you reached the age to motor away on your own, the car offered freedom and control. But for those with arthritis, this power may seem stripped away.According to a study in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (March 2010), many drivers with arthritis report their symptoms affect their ability to perform the most basic driving maneuvers, such as steering, checking blind spots and reversing. Although arthritis can compete with driving, there are ways to not let stiff joints keep you from taking the wheel, according to Cleveland Clinic occupational therapist Patrick Baker, MHS, OTR/L, CLVT, CDRS.
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