• Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic disease characterised by synovial inflammation. It is triggered by the immune system. Early clinical signs of RA are joint swelling and inflammation of the proximal interphalangeal joints (PIPJ), the metacarpal joints and the joints of the wrists.
  • Occuptional therapy is crucial is helping people to live as independently as possible with the condition by trying to retain function in all areas of life.
  • Prevent joint pain and deformity, which includes making appropriate splints
  • Maintain joint mobility (ROM), including hand rehabilitation and post-operative treatment if required
  • Maintain or increase physical endurance
  • Maintain or increase functional ability, which includes providing suitable adaptive equipment and device together with the patient, problem solve how to modify daily activities at home or work to protect joints and conserve energy

Promote psychological adjustment to chronic disability