If rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints in your hands, an occupational therapist (OT) can help. OTs are licensed health care practioners who can help you keep doing the activities that are important to you, such as working, driving, parenting, preparing meals, and participating in hobbies and sports. An occupational therapist can teach you to:
- Improve your hand strength with hand exercises
- Protect your hands from pain and deformities
- Identify tips and tricks that help you accomplish everyday tasks
- Use custom made hand splints
- Cope with the psychosocial effects of pain
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