Sunday, February 17, 2008
Rheumatoid arthritis and occupational therapy plus PS's
The first thing they had us do is wrap a rubber band around our knuckles/thumb for resistance so that it required a lot of strength to move just a little bit, and range of motion was extremely limited. They also had us put three hard chickpeas in our shoes and stand on them. It was painful. I can't imagine being in severe chronic pain.
They taught us that we should start with inspection, then palpation, range of motion, and then function. I won't go into a ton of details, but basically an OT can help a patient with R.A. by recommending assistive devices, helping modify the home & environment, and teaching joint conservation/energy conservation techniques, pain reduction, etc. Lots of other things too I am sure.
We then divided into groups and each got to do hands-on work with the patients. They spoke like doctors and knew all the correct terms regarding movements/muscles/inflammation etc.
They pay around $18,000 a year for meds. Wow. Ouch.
PS1: I'm busily working like a bee on homework so I tried to utilize my very damaged brevity gene.
PS2: Tai Chi assessments start tomorrow so I'll be extra busy for a while.
PS3: Thanks for all the kind comments - on days I am discouraged and think I will be the worst OT in the world, I always seem to get a great comment that re-inspires me. :)