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The goal of occupational therapy is to help people live as
independently as possible.
Occupational therapists use work, self-care, and
recreational activities to increase the flexibility and independent function of
people who have
rheumatoid arthritis and other long-lasting
conditions. Occupational therapy can include:
Occupational therapists help people who have arthritis or other
chronic pain conditions to protect their joints and conserve energy while
developing a range of motion and strength that will help them maintain joint
function. For example, occupational therapists can teach techniques to avoid
applying excessive force on non–weight-bearing joints and to avoid unnecessary
impacts on weight-bearing joints.
June 5, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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