Ergonomic Pens, Pencils, Markers for People With Arthritis

Take the Pain Out of Writing

Most people, grab a pen and write, without giving it any thought. Maybe they even have a favorite pen. For people who have lost manual dexterity, writing can be a stressful and painful task. Manual dexterity can be affected by

A comfortable pen can help to make writing easier and less stressful for people suffering with soreness, swelling, and joint pain in their hands, fingers, thumbs, or wrist. Ergonomically-designed writing tools have been created to maximize comfort.


Person with arthritic hand writing
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Pilot's retractable ballpoint, called the Dr. Grip pen, is among the most popular ergonomic pens. Cushion grip designed for comfort and to reduce writing fatigue. Designed with perfect weight distribution, too. Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.



The design of the EzGrip pen allows writing to be comfortable and effortless. The EzGrip pen eliminates cramping and pain by requiring minimal downward pressure from a single finger to control it and requires a very light grip. 5-star pen.



Great pen for people with arthritic hands. The Uniball Signo 207 has a wide barrel and it is a roller ball gel pen which makes writing smooth and easy.



The design of this pen is beyond unique! The ring in the middle of the pen is for your index finger which alters the grip and takes away strain and stress on the hand and fingers. Excellent for people with gripping problems.



The evo.pen has a unique shape, too, designed for adaptive use. It is unlike the usual cylindrical or stick pen style. The evo.pen is contoured to the shape of the index finger and supported by the thumb, allowing people to write without pain. Commended by the Arthritis Foundation, hand therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.



The easy grip of this pen makes writing less strenuous. Writing comfort is enhanced by the contoured rubber grip of the Pilot G-2 retractable gel rollerball pen. Smooth gel ink makes writing effortless.



The Pentel EnerGel has a chubby barrel for easy grip. Glides smoothly over your paper. Writing is effortless. This is my personal favorite.



The Foray Gelio wide barrel pen has a rubberized grip and gel ink. Comes in cool colors, making it fun to write again.



Sold as a two-pack, this Sharpie marks on most surfaces. Its wide barrel makes it easy to grasp. The chisel point makes it easy to control.



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