Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of scleroderma?

Updated: Sep 09, 2019
  • Author: Sergio A Jimenez, MD, MACR, FACP, FRCP(UK Hon); Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Recommendations regarding activity include the following:

  • Ensure that the patient maintains a core body temperature to try to minimize the occurrence of Raynaud phenomenon episodes.

  • Assist the patient in avoiding contamination of any skin wound caused by ischemic lesions or calcinosis.

  • Digital ulcers must be kept clean and dry.

  • Instruct the patient to perform continuous physical and occupational therapy to maintain joint range of motion and to minimize or delay joint contractures.

  • Encourage patients with pulmonary fibrosis to receive pulmonary rehabilitation treatment.


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