RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: DO’S AND DON’TS

A recent article in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine reviewed the do’s and don’ts in patients with rheumatoid arthritis to help these patients function at their best.

  • DO rest for at least one hour in the afternoon when you begin to feel fatigued.
  • DO wear an orthothic device prescribed for you.
  • DO use and ice bag to reduce pain; apply a heating pad or take a hot shower to relax muscles before exercise.
  • DO use available devices to help you with dressing, bathing, cooking, working, and other activities.
  • DO make adjustments, at home and work, in your pace in completing tasks, to conserve energy.
  • DO apply for disability benefits if you are eligible or if you can no longer work.
  • DO perform muscle strengthening exercises once inflammation diminishes.
  • DO NOT stay in bed longer than necessary.
  • DO NOT continue to wear an orthotic device that is uncomfortable or does not fit.
  • DO NOT overdue exercise. Daily exercise in small amounts is best.
  • DO NOT continue exercise if you are sore for more than 2 hours following exercise.
  • DO NOT exercise a joint that is acutely inflamed.
  • DO NOT forget to exercise regularly when disease is in remission.
  • DO NOT stay at home all day; if you don’t go out to work, be a volunteer or join an activities group.
  • DO NOT keep your fears and concerns about your health, or feelings of sadness or depression, to yourself. Talk to family, friends, or your doctor.

Rodney Bluestone Medical doctors are rheumatology specialists located in Los Angeles, California. We provide treatment for all types of arthritis including osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. For more information, including treatment and symptoms of arthritis, please visit www.rodneybluestonemedical.com.

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