Usually by the time the patient with rheumatoid arthritis requires or opts for surgery, there would have been quite a bit of joint damage and some degrees of subluxation or deformity of the joints. Comprehensive occupational therapy assessment would include physical, physiological, psychological, social and environmental perspectives of the patient with rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints, causing biomechanical changes, pain even, thus, biomechanical forces that are externally driven such as low but repetitive trauma or stress, or even trauma can exacerbate a joint riddled with arthritis. For this reason, the joint protection program was conceptualised and further developed for our patients.
It is a common occurrence during the earlier stages of the rheumatoid arthritis disease that the patient with the new diagnoses will try to resume their previous tasks, roles and habits as much as possible, in a bid to return to normal. Often they end up trying too hard and injures or aggravates their affected joints. Energy conservation, at all stages of rheumatoid arthritis is important, and when combined with the joint protection program, will result in better preserved and protected joints for the patient with rheumatoid arthritis.
There are many equipments and tools that have been created to enable living comfortably for a patient with rheumatoid arthritis, they enable mobility and function, as well as protect joints from additional trauma or damage by positioning the joints in optimal biomechanical position. We must understand that with a new rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, the patient with be given and taught a lot of information with regards to the management of joints, pain, energy conservation, joint protection, equipment and tools etc - there is a limit of how much a patient can understand and retain, so it'd be a good idea for continuity of care and protection information by creating an information sheet or booklet.
Management of the rheumatoid arthritis is generally medical, but therapeutic approaches and measures as well as surgical interventions can minimize and slow the effects of the disease. The evaluation and treatments rendered in an ongoing manner. It is best for the disease to be managed from a multidisciplinary perspective approach, this means including the principal rheumatologist, orthopedic surgeon, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, orthotists and the social worker, for a more holistic approach.
Occupational therapists and physiotherapists must provide complementing therapy to and for the patient(s) with the rheumatoid arthritis disease. They need to complement each others therapy and education, that the patients will not be confused and can manage the disease effectively and efficiently. The biggest contribution that both the occupational therapist and physiotherapist for the patient with this disease is with pain relief, improving mobility and functional ability, as well as managing the mental and cognitive perspective to pain and perceived impairment.
For the patient with rheumatoid arthritis, splinting is a common management utilised by the hand occupational therapist, during all stages of the disease. Its uses includes therapeutic benefits, pre-operative and post-operative management as well as splinting can help to improve the function of the hand and upper limb. Splinting for therapeutic purposes decreases the amount of joint pressure (P=F/A;
An active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle. This is a very true statement and many people around the world live by it in order to stay in shape. While the pros of an active lifestyle far outweigh the cons, occasionally active people will end up getting injured while doing the things that they love. When this happens a doctor will usually refer them to a physical therapist in Seattle to help them overcome their injury and get back out the door and on their feet.
At some point in your life it is a given that you will suffer from some type of muscle cramp. More often than not muscle cramps happen in your back, arms and legs. There are several different reasons that these cramps can occur including sitting in one position for too long, overusing your muscles and also dehydration. The good news is that there are a few things that you can do to help relieve cramps from the comfort of your own home.
This article explores the differences between the home and high-tech gyms as venues for physical therapy to treat stroke victims. High-Tech Gyms During my seven months of occupational therapy in a high-end, high-tech gym in a Rehabilitation Hospital, I observed a number of stroke victims, some old, one just a girl of 20. Many used walkers and wheel chairs.