An occupational therapist’s five easy ways to improve daily activity
by Brenda Frie, MA, OTR/L CHT
Joint pain and inflammation within the hands and feet are often symptoms of lupus. The inflammatory process associated with lupus can expand the joint capsule, stretching supporting ligaments, which can decrease joint stability. It is important for anyone living with lupus to be aware of positions that protect joints from the force of everyday activities.
In my clinical practice as a hand therapist, I have found the following principles of joint protection to be helpful in reducing joint stress:
- Use the largest joint available to transfer the force ...