Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that May is Arthritis Awareness Month? The condition is incredibly common, but many people do not know what to do once they start experiencing symptoms. Our team wanted to make sure you have all the information you need to better understand this condition. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, read on to learn more about this condition and discover ways to maintain your mobility and independence. 

Signs and Symptoms

While arthritis can only be oficially diagnosed by a medical professional, the symptoms of the condition are fairly straightforward. You may have arthritis if you are experiencing the following symptoms, especially around your joints:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Redness

What to do if you think you have Arthritis 

Ask your Doctor
Talk to your healthcare provider if you think you are experiencing the symptoms of arthritis. If you are diagnosed with the condition, they may recommend lifestyle changes or medications for you to better manage your symptoms. This is an important first step in understanding the condition and how to best maintain your comfort and independence. 

Get Moving
Regular exercise can help to manage the condition. Walking every day can help improve pain, fatigue, and overall quality of life for anyone suffering from arthritis. Choose activities that are easy on your joints, such as walking, cycling, or swimming. Take your time and find an activity that works for your body. Even small amounts of physical activity at a slow pace are better than none at all. 

Watch Your Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is important when dealing with arthritis. Excess body weight adds pressure to your joints and will increase the pain and discomfort caused by the condition. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are great ways to manage and maintain a healthy weight. 

Ways to stay active 

The Arthritis Foundation's Walk with Ease program was designed to help people struggling with arthritis establish and maintain a healthy exercise routine. Along with in-person classes (pending local COVID_19 restrictions), WAlk with Ease offers online video tutorials that will help you create your own exercise routine. Click here to watch instructional arthritis exercise videos and find a Walk with Ease class near you, or watch the video below to see how Walk with Ease has changed the lives of veterans:

Another great way to stay active is to sign up for an exercise class. Many community centers and YMCA's offer classes for seniors that will keep you moving without overexerting yourself. Explore what your local community has to offer, or click here to find your local YMCA.

Walking Aids

Feel free to explore our selection of walking aids if you need the support of a walker or rollator to maintain your mobility. We offer a wide range of designs so that our cusotmers can find exactly what they need. Walking aids have come a long way in both form and function, so if you are struggling with a traditional walker, we highly recommend looking at some of our newer designs. Here are some of our top-selling walking aids: 

Nitro Rollator by Drive Medical

The Drive Nitro Rollator Euro Style, made by Drive Medical, features a unique shape which makes it ideal and safe for both indoor and outdoor use. This Drive rollator walker is crafted with large front wheels and smaller back wheels, which makes it easy to steer. Additionally, its castor fork design means that you can make tight turns in indoor spaces. This rollator’s brake cable is also housed inside the frame itself, making for a clean appearance and for safer operation. And you’re sure to appreciate the lightweight, aluminum frame.

Star 8 Rollator by Nova

The Nova Star 8 Rollator is the newest addition to Nova’s innovative line of rolling walkers. Travel in comfort and style with this sleek and modern rollator. The Star 8’s Quick Fit design allows you to independently adjust the seat and handle heights to your perfect fit, ensuring maximum comfort. Easily adjust the rollator in just seconds with no tools needed. This accessible design can accommodate anyone between the heights of 5’2” and 6’3” and features a 300-pound weight capacity. The Star 8 Rollator is travel-friendly and easy to store by simply folding it in half. This is a perfect rolling walker for someone looking for a lightweight, compact model to meet the mobility needs of an active lifestyle. 

Zoom Series Rollator by Nova

The Nova Zoom Series 4-Wheel rolling walkers offer everything you have been asking for with a rolling walker. The four frame size options makes it easy to find a rollator right for you; appropriate for user heights from 4'10" to 6'2". They features a large padded seat that is 2” wider than standard, large 8” wheels for indoor and outdoor stability, an extra large carry pouch for valuables or everyday needs and it is available in blue, pink, black, green or red , depending on seat height.

We hope this blog post has been helpful! Our team is working on our own fitness goals this month in honor of Arthritis Awareness Month. Feel free to share your goals with us in the comments or on social media!

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