10 Gardening Tips for Arthritis Patients

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Johns Hopkins Rheumatology
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People with a passion for gardening and have arthritis at the same time might think that their gardening days are over. Arthritis is a lifelong disease. It never goes away. That does not mean life needs to be stopped. It can be managed. It can be well managed. By following some carefully curated advice, gardening can become a joyful and blissful event for people with arthritis. Here are 10 gardening tips for people with arthritis:

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Take a break every 20-30 minutes, or switch to another task to use different joints or muscles.

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Minimize kneeling, bending, crouching, or reaching overhead. Work at waist level, opting for hanging baskets or elevated planters.

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Ask for help, or space out those tasks over several days if you must bend or crouch.

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Wear a pocketed apron, this can help keep small tools in reach.

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Use lightweight garden tools with large or curved handles.

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Try pipe insulation, foam, or racket tape to make your existing tools easier to grasp.

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Avoid heavy lifting. Use a small mesh basket, a lightly loaded wheelbarrow, or a rolling cart to move the debris.

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Avoid heavy leather gloves. Look for a padded lightweight cotton glove. A good pair of gloves help support and protect the joints.

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Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Working outdoors can cause dehydration.

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Make sure to put on sunscreen before spending a lot of time outside. Sun protection is important for everyone, but particularly for those on certain arthritis medications. A wide-brimmed hat is also helpful.

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