What to Do When Handshaking Hurts
Learn how to ease the pain of a handshake when you have arthritis.
You’ve been there: You’re meeting someone new and he inevitably extends his hand with a well-meaning, “How do you do?” But if the joints in your hands are fragile and painful because of arthritis, your response may be a frantic, “What do I do?” If the thought of shaking hands makes you shriek, here are some polite alternatives and ways to decline:
Offer an explanation
Take the lead
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