Read our blog: Gadgets to help manage hand arthritis

Gadgets to help manage hand arthritis

Osteoarthritis commonly affects the base of the thumb, finger joints, and wrist. When the thumb is impacted, pinching becomes difficult, arthritic finger joints make gripping challenging and wrist movements can be painful.


Managing these symptoms through hand therapy (e.g. splinting, massage, exercise) is essential. Another crucial aspect of arthritis management is protecting the joints from further aggravation. In this blog, I’ll introduce you to some tips and tricks to make daily tasks more arthritis-friendly.


Everything with a thicker grip

A bigger grip is easier on joints.

Tools with thicker grips minimise awkward hand positions and excessive gripping force, which can aggravate arthritis symptoms. You can try:

  • Thick-handled utensils
  • Pens with larger grips
  • Household tools like hammers, screwdrivers, and gardening tools with large grips
  • Key turners
  • Can & jar openers


Read our blog: Gadgets to help manage hand arthritis

Arthritis can make even the most simple tasks, painfully difficult. Assistive devices can make living with arthritis easier.


DIY Option:

Add-on grips can be attached to standard items, converting them into arthritis-friendly tools. These can be fitted onto existing tools and utensils, offering flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

Modify the way things are done

There is no right or wrong way to do things, only suitable or unsuitable ways.

If cutting vegetables with a knife is straining, a vegetable slicer can help by offloading finger joints and engaging the entire arm in the action. A creative alternative vegetable peeler design is a palm peeler, which does not require the use of the thumb to hold the peeler. If this is a concern for you, I recommend giving it a try!

Lever rather than twisting

Lever handles are commonly used in universal design.

Unlike doorknobs, which require sideway and twisting movements (radial and ulnar deviation) of the wrist, lever handles operate with a simple downward or upward push. This motion is more linear and involves less rotational force, making it easier and less painful to use.

Lever handles can be installed on doors and taps to increase accessibility and ease of use. Some cost-effective DIY retrofitting options include:

  • Tap turner
  • Door knob lever adapter
  • Ring-pull can opener


Read our blog: Gadgets to help manage hand arthritis

Read our blog: Gadgets to help manage hand arthritis


Hand arthritis can limit the range of motion and significantly impact daily life. Understanding which joints and movements are affected and exploring management strategies can help maintain function and reduce discomfort.

By integrating arthritis-friendly gadgets and modifying how tasks are performed, you can improve your daily living experience and maintain greater independence.


If you are experiencing finger, hand, wrist or shoulder pain, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to help you.



For more information, call us directly on 03 9458 5166

Winnie Hui, Occupational Therapist and Practitioner in Hand Therapy at Melbourne Hand Rehab
By Winnie Hui


You might also be interested in: