Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: conservative therapeutic management

J Hand Ther. 2012 Apr-Jun;25(2):163-71; quiz 172. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2011.11.001. Epub 2012 Feb 11.


Hand therapists need to understand the basic science behind the therapy they carry out and the current evidence to make the best treatment decisions. The purpose of this article was to review current conservative therapeutic management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand. Treatment interventions such as orthotics, exercise, joint protection, modalities, and adaptive equipment are discussed from a basic science and evidence-based practice perspective.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy*
  • Cartilage, Articular / physiology
  • Hand / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Low-Level Light Therapy
  • Orthotic Devices
  • Osteoarthritis / physiopathology
  • Osteoarthritis / therapy*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Splints
  • Ultrasonic Therapy