Managing Arthritis at Work

Learn how you can manage pain caused by arthritis when you’re at work. 

A male stretching at his desk while at work

As if work isn’t stressful enough, try adding arthritis into the mix. The average work week has its ups and downs for everyone, but it can be extra challenging for people with arthritis. But being employed while having arthritis has its benefits. Research suggests that holding a job increases self-esteem and improves mobility in arthritis patients.1

Depending on your work environment and responsibilities, there may be a few changes you can make to alleviate arthritis pain in the workplace and improve your work days. Here are some ways you can make working with arthritis a little easier.

If you need accommodations at work...consider talking to your boss.

Whether or not to tell your boss or coworkers will depend on your level of comfort. That said, research by the American College of Rheumatology shows disclosing your arthritis to your boss and colleagues typically will not have negative impacts on your work performance. In fact, people with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or osteoarthritis who told their managers and coworkers about their conditions reported reduced stress at work. In addition, support from colleagues resulted in fewer disruptions, help with tasks and less hours taken off work.2

If you aren’t comfortable at your desk...create a more ergonomic workspace.3

Ensuring your workspace is comfortable can make a major difference when it comes to easing pain caused by arthritis. Here are a few ideas from the Arthritis Foundation on how you can adjust your space for optimal comfort:

  • Find the right chair. Your chair should be adjustable for seat height and tilt. 
  • Adjust your armrests. Reposition your armrest so it allows your elbows to bend comfortably at 90 degrees. 
  • Keep your feet flat. If your feet don’t reach the floor, use a footrest or adjust your chair so that your feet can rest comfortably on the ground. 
  • Reposition your computer screen. Adjust your computer monitor so that your eyes are level with the top of the screen to prevent neck and shoulder strain. 
  • Use a document holder. Use a document holder device to raise materials to eye level, rather than having to bend your neck.

Check out this video to see some ergonomic adjustments in action. 

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Text: Uncomfortable office seating?

Text: Try an ergonomic chair

Text: Typing trouble?

Text: Use an arthritis-friendly keyboard

Text: Try desktop reminders to stay moving

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Text: And, of course, use Voltaren

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If your joints are feeling sore or stiff...get moving.

Light range-of-motion exercises and stretches are easy to do in the office and can help provide relief from arthritis pain. Try taking a short walk around your office during your break, raising your arms over your head, rolling your shoulders back and forth, or doing other light stretches and movements.4

If you want to try an over-the-counter medication...try Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel.

You deserve an arthritis treatment that works as hard as you do. Consider opting for a treatment that’s easy to open and easy to use, like Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel. Voltaren is an effective topical treatment clinically designed to relieve joint pain caused by arthritis. And to make things less complicated for you, it’s easy twist cap makes it easy to open.

Don’t let arthritis get in the way of your career. A few small changes to your workspace and routine can help keep you a successful employee and coworker.

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