Rehabilitative Techniques for rheumatic disease

Rehabilitative Techniques for rheumatic disease

  • 1. The major goal of rehabilitative techniques is to maximize function.
  • 2. Patients with arthritis should perform stretching 3 to 5 days/week and range of motion (ROM) exercises daily to prevent joint contractures.
  • 3. Patients with rheumatic disease are recommended to exercise regularly. An exercise program should be individualized for each patient and should start slow to ensure safety and compliance with routine exercise.
  • 4. Excessive pain during exercise or soreness for >2 hours after exercise indicates too much exercise for that patient.
  • 5. Physical modalities, such as heat and cryotherapy, are used as an adjunct to facilitate active therapy.
  • 6. Joint protection strategies aim to prevent additional stress on diseased joints by utilizing altered work methods, avoidance of static positions, good body mechanics, and splints, braces, or adaptive equipment.
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