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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology|
|Last Revised||June 5, 2012|
Last Revised: June 5, 2012
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