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Holiday Gift Ideas for People With Arthritis

U.S. News & World Report—December 8, 2017

U.S. News & World Report featured HSS rheumatologist Karmela Kim Chan, MD in an article about gift ideas for people with arthritis.

Dr. Chan explained that those with arthritis can experience pain and stiffness while performing daily tasks. "Being unable to button shirts, get dressed, open jars – it all leads to a sense of lost dignity and independence," she said.

The article noted that heated items, such as electric heating pads, provide soothing pain relief. "It’s very comforting and allows for a little more flexibility," noted Dr. Chan.

Including tools and devices, Dr. Chan recommended giving yoga classes to arthritis patients. 

"One of the most important things you can do if you have low back arthritis is to strengthen your core muscles and back muscles, and yoga does that in a gentle way," she said.

Read the full article at health.usnews.com


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