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Care of the Rheumatoid Arthritic Hand

presented by Jeanine Beasley, EdD, OTR, CHT, FAOTA

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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What is the current best practice for care of the rheumatoid arthritic hand? This course will review pathomechanics of the rheumatoid arthritic process as well as present treatment options based on evidenced-based practice. The current literature will be presented and related to specific treatment approaches including joint protection, orthoses, and modalities.

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Jeanine Beasley, EdD, OTR, CHT, FAOTA

Jeanine Beasley, EdD, OTR, CHT, FAOTA is a professor at Grand Valley State University's Occupational Science and Therapy Department and is the coordinator of the OT Weekend/Hybrid Program. Jeanine is a frequent guest lecturer and has spoken in thirteen states and five countries. She has authored and coauthored nine book chapters and eight journal articles,…

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1. Pathomechanics of the Rheumatoid Process and Orthotics

What is rheumatoid arthritis and what are the pathomechanics of the specific hand deformities? This chapter will go over these deformities in detail; following completion, the participant will be able to list three common hand deformities specific to rheumatoid arthritis.

2. Orthoses for the Rheumatoid Arthritic Hand

Using an orthosis to decrease pain and increase function for patients with RA is common practice in the clinic. The current evidence will be presented as well as demonstrations of how to fabricate specific orthoses that have been found to be effective in the literature.

3. Joint Protection and Modalities for the Rheumatoid Hand

Educational behavioral joint protection programs that involve skill practice, goal setting, and home programs are more effective than short instruction or information booklets. Modalities and exercise programs that are based in the current research will be reviewed.

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