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Adaptive Needs Due to Osteoarthritis

Adaptive Needs Due to Osteoarthritis

According to the CDC, over 49 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from arthritis, but over half of the people in the US with osteoarthritis are in the the traditional working ages of 18-64.  A common cause related to missing work, osteoarthritis absenteeism costs $11.6 billion per year in lost workdays. 

Arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. These symptoms can be intermittent, mild, moderate, or severe. They may persist for years and then get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain.

Adaptive clothing can tremendously impact an individual's mental and physical well-being for several reasons:

  • Wearing clothing/pajamas that maintain traditional styling but offer adaptive features helps individuals express themselves and maintain confidence.
  • The use of Velcro®, magnets and other alternative closure decreases the necessity for fine motor movements and thus lessens pain.
  • If caregivers are involved, having arthritis suffers dress themselves will free up time for the caregiver. 
  • Self-dressing and undressing is an important activity of daily living and an active of independence that provides a sense of accomplishment. For many, asking for assistance in dressing or undressing may cause stress. 

Our Salisbury Men's Pajama Set features Velcro® closures to assist with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Our Burbank Pajama Set features Velcro@ closures on the top and magnetic snaps on the pants, such that even if they aren't actually completely snapped together, they are still closed and fastened via the magnet. 

 

 

 

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionNational Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health PromotionDivision of Population Health

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