Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation in the Person with Scleroderma

Janet L. Poole

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Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2010;22(2):205 

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Recently, the efficacy of a combination of connective tissue massage and joint manipulation for the hand was assessed in a randomized controlled trial[26••] (Table 4). Forty participants with scleroderma were randomly assigned to an intervention group (combination massage, joint manipulation, and home exercise program for 1 h, two times a week) or a control group (home exercise program) and treated for 9 weeks. The intervention group had significant improvements in fist closure, hand motion (Hand Mobility in Scleroderma test), hand function (Cochin index), and quality of life (SF-36; HAQ). Only fist closure improved significantly in the control group.

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