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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. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Range-of-Motion Exercises - Topic Overview

    Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) must do regular range-of-motion exercises to prevent contractures and to maintain joint range and flexibility. If your child is 4 years old or younger,an adult will need to move the child's joints through the range-of-motion exercises. This is called passive range of motion. The adult will gently move the joints from a bent position to a ...

  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Finger and Hand Surgeries - Topic Overview

    There are several surgeries to correct joint problems in the hand caused by rheumatoid arthritis,including: Carpal tunnel release,which involves releasing or cutting a ligament in the wrist to relieve pressure on a nerve that runs through the middle of the wrist and supplies feeling to the hand (median nerve). Tendon release,which may be used to treat abnormal bending of fingers (flexion ...

  4. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Total Joint Replacement - Topic Overview

    Total joint replacement may be considered as a last resort for joints that have been so badly damaged by juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) that walking is very hard or impossible. The hip and the knee joints are the most commonly replaced. Results can be very good in teens who have total joint replacement. In general,it is best to delay total joint replacement until your child's bones have ...

  5. Biologics for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    Drug details for Etanercept for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

  6. Corticosteroids for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    Drug details for Corticosteroids for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

  7. Antimalarials for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    Drug details for Antimalarial medications for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

  8. Sulfasalazine for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Drug details for Sulfasalazine for rheumatoid arthritis.

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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