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How can physical and occupational therapy help treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

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Physical therapy and occupational therapy are often part of the RA treatment plan.

Healthy joints are the "hinges" that let you move around. Many of us take that for granted. These simple movements aren't always automatic or easy when you have RA, though. In fact, they can be painful.

The goals and treatments used by physical therapists and occupational therapists sometimes overlap, but there are some general differences.

SOURCES: 

Arthritis Foundation website: "The Role of Physical Therapy in Management of Patients with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis." 

de Jong, Z., , September 2003.  Arthritis and Rheumatism

Frontera W., , Hanley & Belfus, 2002.  Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Li, L., , March 2005.  Current Opinion in Rheumatology

Steultjens, E., , January 2004. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 24, 2019

SOURCES: 

Arthritis Foundation website: "The Role of Physical Therapy in Management of Patients with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis." 

de Jong, Z., , September 2003.  Arthritis and Rheumatism

Frontera W., , Hanley & Belfus, 2002.  Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Li, L., , March 2005.  Current Opinion in Rheumatology

Steultjens, E., , January 2004. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 24, 2019

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