Are there assistive devices for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Many assistive devices are available to patients with RA and are used to maximize function, maintain independence, reduce joint stress, conserve energy, and provide pain relief. Equipment is available to assist patients with transfers, dressing, feeding, toileting, cooking, and ambulation. Physical and occupational therapists can assist with training in the use of adaptive equipment.


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