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Does occupational therapy teach ways to protect your joints?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

YES. Moving is the best way to keep your osteoarthritis under control. But if ordinary movements cause your joints to hurt as much as they might if they got run over by an 18-wheeler, then occupational therapy might just do the trick. You will learn ways to protect your joints by reducing the strain on them. Therapists will also show you how to modify your environment and movements so you don’t aggravate your symptoms. They key is learning how to stay as active and independent as your teenage self.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have osteoarthritis (OA), an occupational therapist (OT) can teach you ways to protect your joints while staying active and independent. Work with your OT to learn how to use adaptive and assistive equipment, lift things correctly and make changes in your home to accommodate your OA. Your OT can suggest other ways for you to improve your quality of life. At work, an occupational therapist can show you ways to do your job with less stress on your joints. 

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