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  1. Physical Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis - Topic Overview

    The purpose of physical therapy is to decrease pain and allow you to continue daily activities. Physical therapy can reduce pain in the soft tissues (such as the muscles,ligaments,and tendons),improve function,and build muscle strength. A physical therapist provides these treatments and will also provide education,instruction,and support for recovery. Physical therapy techniques for ...

  2. Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis - Topic Overview

    Exercise can reduce pain and improve function in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition,exercise may help prevent the buildup of scar tissue,which can lead to weakness and stiffness. 1 Exercise for arthritis takes three forms: stretching,strengthening,and conditioning. Stretching involves moving joint and muscle groups through and slightly beyond their normal range of motion ...

  3. Azathioprine for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Drug details for Azathioprine for rheumatoid arthritis.

  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Classification Criteria - Topic Overview

    These criteria were developed by the American College of Rheumatology in 1988 and are still used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. Of these seven criteria,four are needed for a diagnosis. Criteria 1 through 4 must have been present for at least 6 weeks. 1 Morning stiffness lasting at least 1 hour before major improvement Arthritis in three or more of the following joint areas on either side ...

  5. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis - Cause

    The cause of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is not well understood. Most experts believe it is caused by a combination of factors.

  6. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Soft Tissue Release of Contracture - Topic Overview

    A contracture is a joint abnormally bent by shortened soft tissues in and around the joint. The shortened tissues pull the bone out of normal position. A contracture may develop in a joint affected by juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Because of the effectiveness of today's treatments,your child probably will not develop contractures. But if a contracture does develop,treatment may ...

  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Other Causes of Joint Pain - Topic Overview

    Many diseases in addition to rheumatoid arthritis may cause joint pain. Osteoarthritis: The illness most often confused with rheumatoid arthritis is osteoarthritis. Although these diseases share the symptom of severe joint pain with reduced mobility,they have distinct causes and treatments. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear over time or by injury to the joints,which results in the ...

  8. Arthroplasty for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Arthroplasty is surgery done to reconstruct or replace a diseased joint. For rheumatoid arthritis, arthroplasty is done to restore function to a joint or correct a deformity.

  9. Antimalarials for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Drug details for Antimalarial drugs for rheumatoid arthritis.

  10. Sulfasalazine for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    Drug details for Sulfasalazine for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

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