The most important treatment in rheumatoid arthritis today is prevention of deformity and the maintenance of function. We are hearing much lately of important new discoveries, and the market is flooded with thousands of remedies for arthritis. Unfortunately, in the meantime the established fundamentals in prevention of crippling and disability are too often neglected. Not 1 patient in 100 today is following a proper schedule to protect his joints and maintain function. Every physician who accepts patients with arthritis should understand the principles established and take the time to see that the patient follows them. For emphasis, I call attention to poliomyelitis, in which physical corrective measures are standard operative procedure all over the country. In arthritis we likewise have no cure, but much more deformity and crippling could be prevented if we would learn the proper methods and teach them to the patients.
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