Tips for Opening All Kinds of Doors with RA

Unlocking doors, using keys, and twisting handles can be difficult when you have rheumatoid arthritis pain in your hands. Occupational therapist and our RheumatoidArthritis.net patient advocate Cheryl Crow is here to share some tips to make opening doors easier and less challenging.

Use a key grip aid

In this video, Cheryl Crow explains how she uses a special key grip aid to help her twist the key to her front door with less pain.

Twisting knob handles

Cheryl demonstrates two ways to open knob shaped, or circle shaped door handles. She shows how you can add a grip aid and a rubber band to make it easier to twist the handle.

Opening car doors

Finally, Cheryl demonstrates how to use a jar aid and an alternate grip to reduce the pain and strain on your hand joints when opening car doors.

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