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Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating systemic autoimmune disease that results in the inflammation of joints and joint linings, and also may affect internal organs and vascular systems. Typically rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints of the wrists, fingers, knees, ankles, or feet. Over time, joint pain, swelling, and stiffness can result in significant problems with mobility, the ability to work, and quality of life. The focus of this basic-level course is to explore management of rheumatoid arthritis in the older patient, and to understand the pivotal role that occupational therapists play in helping rheumatoid arthritis patients manage painful symptoms and maintain function independence.
AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation & Intervention
- Describe the components of classification criteria of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Describe the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Describe how rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed.
- Describe surgical considerations for rheumatoid arthritis.
- Identify the therapeutic role of the occupational therapist in the management of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.
Anne Ahlman, MPT, received a Bachelors of Science degree in 1983 from University of CA, Davis and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from University of California, San Francisco in 1992. She is a practicing CA licensed physical therapist in Mountain View, CA and previously served as director of Rehabilitation and Lead Physical Therapist at Idylwood Convelescent Hospital in Sunnyvale, CA. As a clinical instructor, she has taught and trained first-year PT students. She is an AHA registered therapist in classic Hippotherapy; she has given numerous presentations on on that topic and in the areas of orthopedics, sports medicine and vestibular dysfunction. She is a past member of the California chapter of the APTA and published her master thesis in 1992 on “Effectiveness of Vestibular Exercise Therapy” under her maiden name of Westgate with a grant from the California Chapter of the APTA. She has written numerous articles, served as physical therapy editor for the journal Today in PT and is published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
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