Can Occupational Therapy Help Osteoarthritis?

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It's kind of interesting. The big difference is between occupational therapy and physical therapy is that occupational therapy generally does fine motor movements, and physical therapy is more strengthening your larger motor groups. So, patients certainly with rheumatoid arthritis who have joint deformities sometimes some of the splinting that goes along with occupational therapy can help them have a better advantage at doing activities of daily living.

Even patients with osteoarthritis have trouble turning a lid, and so occupational therapy has different devices that help you open jars for instance, open door handles, etc. So, occupational therapy can actually be very helpful in all patients with arthritis particularly the ones that are deforming like rheumatoid arthritis, but also with osteoarthritis.