Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disorder that causes chronic inflammation in the joints, usually in the hands and feet. Considering how integral those are in daily life, the painful swelling from RA can severely hamper mobility if it’s not treated properly.
To this effect, occupational therapists (OT) can be extremely valuable in helping sufferers manage the disease. They can work with patients to discuss the challenges and help to come up with productive solutions. OTs can also assist with techniques in the area of pain reduction, energy management, and exercise.
It’s interesting that the article recommends a group exercise model for long-term success. It goes to show just how important engaging other people is—whether it be an OT, a friend who also has RA, or a community support program—to help manage health issues emotionally and psychologically. A big stress relief is to know that you’re not alone, and the high likelihood is that you’re not.
Read the full article here: Pain Management for the Person with RA: An Occupational Therapist’s Perspective