Understanding function in RA: the role of impairments: how impairments can affect function, and how patients can adapt

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From: The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine(Vol. 29, Issue 3)
Publisher: CMP Medica, LLC
Document Type: Article
Length: 2,771 words
Lexile Measure: 1470L

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Knowing how rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms are affecting patients' everyday activities enhances your ability to provide best "treat to target" practice interventions. Impairments can result in activity limitations and participation restrictions. An important impairment in RA is structural joint deformities; others are pain, fatigue, and adverse emotional reactions. Persons with RA often make some type of adaptation to their activities. Activity performance may be assessed by patient self-report with directed questions and by direct observation. Knowledge about RA and perspectives on what constitutes a particular activity differ greatly among patients. A challenge during an office visit is to make an accurate assessment of patients' functional activities. Identifying problems is easier if attention is focused on specific body areas that are likely to be problematic. (J Musculoskel Med. 2012;29:78-81)

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