December 20, 2014
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Arthritis (Rheumatoid)

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Protection of joints

Protection of joints with orthotic devices such as splints, insoles, and finger ring splints will stabilize and protect joints. Orthotics can help keep the joint properly aligned so that you can continue to use your joints effectively. Occupational therapists assess your joints to determine if a protective device is needed, and then recommend the option that is best for you.

To protect your joints from harm, don't perform any task that causes pain. You should change positions often and "shift rather than lift" (for example, slide items across the counter instead of lifting them). Try to conserve energy and use large joints to do the work; for example, open the door by leaning on it with your shoulder rather than using your hand and wrist.

Occupational therapists can also help you manage your daily living challenges. They can show you how to do things safely without further injuring or aggravating your joints. Some occupational therapists are specially trained in arthritis management, and they can give you personalized advice about what you can do to maximize your independence and quality of life.

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