• Heat, massage, therapeutic exercise, occupational therapy, and various assistive and supportive devices are of proved value in the management of rheumatoid arthritis. Used properly, they reduce disability and prevent or minimize the crippling effects of the disease. A long-term treatment program must be planned for each patient. During his stay in the hospital he must become oriented to his disease, must be taught certain techniques of heat, massage, and exercise, and must be persuaded to cooperate in a home treatment program that is to continue for a long period of time.
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