Occupational Therapy for People With Chronic Disease
The goal of occupational therapy is to help people live as independently as possible. Occupational therapists use work, self-care, and recreational activities to increase the flexibility and independent function of people with rheumatoid arthritis and other long-lasting conditions. Occupational therapy can include:
Occupational therapists help people with arthritis or other chronic pain conditions to protect their joints and conserve energy while developing a range of motion and strength that will help them maintain joint function. For example, occupational therapists can teach techniques to avoid applying excessive force on non–weight-bearing joints and to avoid unnecessary impacts on weight-bearing joints.1
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