What do you think of when you hear the word “disability”? Many able bodied Americans instantly think of wheelchair users or individuals with prosthetic limbs, but, depending on your diagnoses, disability can mean many different things. In honor of Arthritis Awareness Month and all our customers out there dealing with arthritis, the team at EZ-ACCESS is diving into the debilitating effects of this autoimmune disease in the United States.
According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) study, over 52.5 million American adults are living with arthritis and report a wide range of disabilities or limitations caused by the disease, making it the number one cause for disabilities in the United States.
Here are the most common limitations individuals with arthritis have reported:
- Grasping small objects – Of the 52.5 million American adults with arthritis, about 2 million have difficulty grasping small objects. These individuals typically experience stiffness in their fingers or lumps under the skin in their hands.
- Reaching above the head – Individuals with this limitation experience difficulty brushing their hair, putting on a shirt or reaching for objects on high shelves.
- Sitting for more than 2 hours – Those experiencing this limitation eventually have difficulty sitting for even 20 minutes without their knee or hip getting stiff.
- Lifting over 10 pounds – This limitation is found in over 3 million American adults and makes many household chores very difficult to complete.
- Climbing a flight of stairs – This task is extremely difficult for individuals dealing with arthritis in their knees, which make up about ten percent of those with arthritis.
- Pushing a heavy object – Arthritic inflammation of the hands or wrists make it extremely difficult when pushing or pulling heavy objects.
- Walking ¼ of a mile – According to the CDC, 1 in 10 American adults experience this limitation.
- Standing for more than 2 hours – This limitation is defined as 2 hours throughout the day and includes activities such as standing in line at the supermarket.
If you or your loved one has difficulties similar to these, encourage them to seek medical attention as many of these symptoms can be treated. In addition, EZ-ACCESS offers many accessibility solutions that make home entry and mobility easier and safer. Explore these options at www.ezaccess.com today!