OACareTools – Patients and Employees
Over 32 million Americans have osteoarthritis (OA). If you have pain, stiffness, and swelling from OA, you are not alone! For many people with OA, these symptoms affect mobility, quality of life, and ability to perform daily activities and work routines such as writing or typing, standing or sitting for long periods, bending and walking, or going up and down stairs. Fortunately, there are things you can do that may help you manage your OA.
Explore these materials to find information on understanding OA and managing your symptoms at home and work.
OA Signs & Symptoms in the Workplace (Video)
VIDEO: Describes how joint pain and other OA symptoms can impact work tasks and daily activities and includes tips for managing OA in the workplace
POSTCARD: Describes OA signs and symptoms and includes tips for managing OA at work (A companion to the OA Signs & Symptoms in the Workplace video)
HANDOUT: Describes resources and programs available for adults with OA to support physical activity, weight loss, managing pain, self-care, social support, and medical care
Evidence-based Programs for People with OA
VIDEO: Describes physical activity and self-management education programs that may be available in the community
POSTER: Informs employees about what OA is and how it can be managed in the workplace
INFOGRAPHIC: Describes strategies that can help adults manage their joint pain regardless of how they spend their day
WORKSHEET: Explains how adults with OA can get started with a joint-friendly physical activity plan
WEBPAGE: Describes the Arthritis Foundation’s Self-Directed Walk With Ease (WWE) program, which is proven to reduce the pain of arthritis. Learn more about this program and get a free guidebook
Living with Osteoarthritis
VIDEO: Features Rhoeda, a patient with OA, and Dr. Nelson, a rheumatologist, talking about strategies for managing OA and improving function at home and work
Can Osteoarthritis be Prevented?
VIDEO: Describes the importance of injury prevention and weight management as strategies for preventing OA and suggests actions to help reduce the risk of developing OA
WEBSITE: Describes the physical activity and self-management education programs available in community settings to help adults manage arthritis
WEBSITE: Contains additional resources for adults, including What is OA, Manage OA, Get Connected, Stay Active, and Weight Management
BROCHURE: Describes the resources contained in OACareTools and can be used to promote the Toolkit to healthcare providers and their patients & employers and their employees
The information provided in these resources is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider.