Living better with arthritis

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Dealing with arthritis can make everything from enjoying a meal to tying your shoes a challenge. It’s something that more than 4.5 million people of all ages in Canada face every day. Fortunately, if you or someone you love has arthritis, there are ways to improve function and lifestyle.

One option is to work with an occupational therapist (OT). OTs are licensed health professionals who help people affected by injuries and various conditions. The goal is to develop ways to do things that matter to them.

For instance, people with arthritis may need to use assistive devices to help with everyday activities like cooking or bathing. Or they may need to use techniques to increase their motion, flexibility, and strength. OTs can recommend strategies and adaptations needed to take on everyday tasks.

Anyone living with arthritis wants to be able to do the things they need or want to do with confidence. They should also have confidence in their health professional. OTs have professional obligations around competencies and ethics.

The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario sets the standards for OTs and holds them accountable. On their website, you can ensure an OT is registered and find current information. If you or a loved one is working with an OT, you can learn more at

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