Physiotherapy co-management of rheumatoid arthritis: Identification of red flags, significance to clinical practice and management pathways
Andrew M Briggs, Robyn E Fary, Helen Slater, Sonia Ranelli, Madelynn Chan
Musculoskeletal Science and Practice | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2013
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic, autoimmune disease. Physiotherapy interventions for people with RA are predominantly targeted at ameliorating disability resulting from articular and peri-articular manifestations of the disease and providing advice and education to improve functional capacity and quality of life. To ensure safe and effective care, it is critical that physiotherapists are able to identify potentially serious articular and peri-articular manifestations of RA, such as instability of the cervical spine. Additionally, as primary contact professionals, it is essential that physiotherapists are aware of the potentially serious extra-articular manifestations of RA. ..View full abstract
Dr Andrew Briggs is supported, in part, by a Fellowship awarded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. Jason Chua, project officer, is acknowledged for supporting the development of this paper.