What are the components of a joint-protection program in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Joint-protection education provides the patient with techniques and recommendations for preventing joint overuse and avoiding of biomechanical torques that excessively bend the joint. [144] The use of adaptive equipment is important. Other components of a good joint-protection program include the following:

  • Maintenance of good posture
  • Avoidance of overuse during inflammation
  • Modification of tasks to decrease joint stress
  • Use of appropriate splints

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