What is included in patient information about reactive arthritis (ReA)?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Poor health-related quality of life and impaired daily physical functioning are observed in patients with refractory or chronic ReA, and strategies focused on improving or maintaining functional status are important in treatment. [23] Educational measures that may be helpful include the following:

  • Encourage patients to monitor themselves for any changes in symptoms.

  • Help patients to become awareness of the chronic or recurrent nature of this syndrome and to accept the need for long-term medications

  • Inform patients that their condition places them at a higher than usual risk for elective ocular surgery

  • Discourage inactivity and immobilization

  • Encourage stretching exercises and range of motion

  • Provide adolescent patients with information on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and the use of condoms

For patient education resources, see the Arthritis Center, the Sexual Health Center, and the Infections Center, as well as Knee Pain, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. The American College of Rheumatology also provides patient information on reactive arthritis.


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