Patient Education

  • Ask your doctor about the nature of the disease, risks of joint damage & loss of function
  • Ask your doctor about existing treatment modalities
  • Helps increase muscle strength, improve muscle function & joint stability, increase aerobic capacity & physical performance
  • Can improve the overall pain control & quality of life w/o increase in disease activity
  • Range of motion exercises help restore or preserve joint motion
Physical Therapy
  • Aimed to provide pain relief, reduction of inflammation & preservation of joint integrity & function
  • Involves passive & active exercises to improve & maintain the range of motion of joints, heat or cold application & relaxation techniques
  • Podiatry referral may be considered
Occupational Therapy
  • Helps maximize physical function & improve level of independence 
  • Focus of therapy is on upper extremity activities
  • May involve education on joint protection & self care, & instruction on the use of assistive devices
Nutrition Therapy & Weight Management
  • Consider losing weight if obese
  • Intake of food rich in fish oil or eicosapentaenoic acid or docosahexaenoic acid may provide decrease in symptoms​
  • Resting & working splints may provide pain relief, increase joint stability & improve function


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