Task Modifications Can Ease Arthritis Pain

On November 7, UNL Extension is partnering with other groups to conduct the Annual Fillmore County Health Fair to be held at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds from 11:00 – 6:00 p.m. Our office will have a booth with information to keep you healthy and other information our office provides. In addition, the Nebraska AgrAbility Project, which has a partnership with Extension, will be in attendance. One debilitating disease for farmers and ranchers that reduces mobility and physical strength is arthritis.

Sharry Nielsen, UNL extension educator says, “We estimate that there are over 50 million doctor-diagnosed cases of arthritis; to accommodate some arthritis related limitations people can consider some solutions.” One solution uses a very ancient technology, the wheel. Nielsen said that farmers and ranchers could use wheeled devices such as wheelbarrows to transport seed, feed and equipment, which eliminates heavy lifting and puts less stress on joints.

Nielsen suggested using ergonomically designed tools that are of a lighter weight to reduce joint stress, pain and fatigue. “Many farmers think that pain is just part of the job,” she said, “but there really are some steps that they can take to prevent the pain of arthritis.”

To help prevent arthritis, the Nebraska AgrAbility Project has created a brochure describing a series of daily stretches to help joint health. You can view the brochure and other information about arthritis, or stop by their booth at the Health Fair!

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