Journal article

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

Abstract

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. ..

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