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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. This therapy can include:
Occupational therapists help people who have arthritis or other chronic pain conditions to protect their joints and conserve energy. They also help these people expand their range of motion and strength. This helps maintain joint function. For example, occupational therapists can teach techniques to avoid applying excessive force on non–weight-bearing joints. And they can teach you how to avoid unnecessary impacts on weight-bearing joints.
Current as of: June 4, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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