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Rheumatoid Arthritis: How Occupational and Physical Therapy Can Make a Difference

Physical therapy maximizes independence

Regardless of your situation, the main goal of physical therapy follows the same principles. You should aim to preserve your physical function, maximize activity, and ultimately improve your quality of life. Physical therapists help you stay safe, yet function as independently as possible. A therapist will work with you to develop a personalized exercise regimen to not only improve your rheumatoid symptoms but maximize your function and overall health. They will also provide some equipment or other tools to help you improve your physical condition. Lastly, they might provide some specific tools that can help you relieve your symptoms - such as a heating pad or ultrasound device to target problematic joints or sore muscles.