According to Dr. Cooper, arthritis is a disease, not a function of aging; it is genetic and therefore cannot be caused or aggravated by work tasks. He does make some suggestions to mitigate discomfort:
- Minimize the use of stairs and ladders;
- Use elevators whenever possible;
- Use foam mats to provide a cushion on hard floors;
- Wear comfortable shoes to absorb the pressure; and
- Walk around occasionally instead of constantly standing in one spot.