Physical Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis
The purpose of physical therapy is to decrease pain and allow you to continue daily activities. Physical therapy can reduce pain in the soft tissues (such as the muscles, ligaments, and tendons), improve function, and build muscle strength. A physical therapist provides these treatments and will also provide education, instruction, and support for recovery.
Physical therapy techniques for rheumatoid arthritis may include:
Your health professional and/or physical therapist will design a program specific to your normal level of activity, physical fitness, and severity of pain and disease activity.
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