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.