Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation:
Physical therapy and occupational therapy can be valuable for improving mobility, managing pain, and enhancing daily functioning.37
Many autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, cause joint pain and stiffness. Physical therapists can design exercise programs that target specific joints, muscles, and tissues to reduce pain and increase mobility.38
Physical therapists can also supply exercises and stretches tailored to the individual's needs to improve joint function and flexibility. This helps individuals regain or keep their ability to perform daily activities.39
Fatigue is a common symptom in autoimmune diseases. Physical therapists can teach energy conservation techniques and pacing strategies to help individuals manage fatigue and support a more active lifestyle.40
These therapies aim to improve function, reduce pain, enhance quality of life, and empower individuals to better manage their condition and its associated challenges.