Wrist Hand in Rheumatoid Arthritis (March 25, 2014)

Wrist Hand in Rheumatoid Arthritis (March 25, 2014)

The hand of a client with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) presents many challenges to clinicians. As the disease progresses, certain mechanical changes occur at various joints leading to sequential collapse of the joints. This collapse has a debilitating effect on the ligamentous complex, subsequently producing changes at the tendinous and articular structures. These changes are commonly named "Zig-zag deformities in rheumatoid arthritis". The common pathological situations seen in the hands of clients with RA include: carpal collapse, ulnar drift of the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints, subluxation of the MCP joints, boutonnière and swan neck deformities, as well as ruptures of the tendons. Occupational therapists treating this population are greatly challenged in protecting the joints and conserving energy while maintaining optimal function of the hand and enabling the client's participation in their activities.

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