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Arthritis & Mobility

With cases ranging from mild to severe, arthritis is a condition that causes joint pain or joint disease. With more than one hundred types of arthritis and related conditions, it may impact people of all ages. While there is not a specific “Arthritis Test”, a CT, MRI, X-ray, or neurological test may be performed to diagnose the disease. 

What are common symptoms of Arthritis?

Common symptoms of arthritis include, but are not limited to: 

  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Visible changes – knobby fingers and joints or seen better in an X-ray

How can Arthritis impact mobility?

As arthritis progresses, the cartilage between your joints deteriorates which causes swelling, pain and decreases motion of the joint making it difficult to comfortably move around. Arthritis may lead to a reduction of movement, numbness, slowed movement and the need for permanent assistance with walking / moving around. Although exercise may offer some benefits in managing and treating arthritis, using mobility devices, such as a rollator or upright walker, may be a positive way to assist with managing arthritis. 

How rollators may help those with Arthritis?

Using a mobility device may help to offer additional support both indoors and outdoors while also increasing independence and confidence while walking. A rollator-style mobility product from TOPRO includes 4 wheels, built-in seat, storage bags, and forearm platforms or grips depending upon the model. Having a built-in seat might be beneficial for needed breaks while walking for the knees, hips or ankles. Both upright walkers and rollators provide either stability for lower extremities or hand grips for upper extremities. Products, such as the TOPRO Troja rollator or the Taurus upright walker, may assist with safe, independent movement for those living with arthritis. 

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The above information is intended for support and resource but does not replace the direction of a medical professional, healthcare provider, therapist, nurse, aide, or any professional training. Prior to purchasing any mobility device, it is important to discuss options with medical providers.