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Arthritis Program

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All forms of arthritis can affect one’s ability
to participate in routine home, work or leisure activities. Working
with skilled therapist can help manage symptoms and improve
function.


At Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital, we
emphasize individual programming tailored to the individual needs of
the person with arthritis. Programming may include:



  • Education on joint protection techniques (how
    to use stronger joints and muscles to protect weaker ones);

  • Exploration of creative ways to simplify home
    and occupational tasks;

  • Use of physical modalities (e.g. thermal
    stimuli, ultrasound) to assist in decreasing pain and improving
    motion;

  • Recommendation/trial of adaptive equipment to
    allow greater ease and independence in completing daily tasks;

  • Splinting of involved joints to reduce pain
    and increase functional use;

  • Aquatics therapy;

  • Development of a home exercise program to
    maintain and/or increase joint motion and strength.

If symptoms from arthritis are causing difficulty
with daily tasks, consult your physician for a referral to
occupational and/or physical therapy. In addition to therapy
services, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital also offers a community
arthritis support group and a six week self-help course.