Three forms of rest for a person with arthritis

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Three forms of rest for a person with arthritis

  • • Local rest is performed in a specific joint utilizing splinting techniques to reduce pain, inflammation, or to prevent contracture. However, excessive inactivity or rest must be avoided as a muscle’s mass may decrease 5% to 10% within 1 week if a joint is immobilized.
  • • Systemic rest is used for a period of up to 4 weeks if appropriate antiinflammatory medication and outpatient rehabilitation management are ineffective in alleviating the manifestations of systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or polymyositis. Again, excessive rest must be avoided.
  • • Short rest periods can be utilized throughout the day as a preventative means of managing overall inflammation and fatigue. The patient interrupts daily activities of >30 continuous minutes to take short breaks, thereby allowing for energy conservation.

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