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Occupational Therapy Rheumatology Outpatient Service

In Rheumatology Occupational Therapy we are continually trying to improve your quality of life by reducing the strain on your joints and helping you continue with your daily tasks.

What can the Occupational Therapist do?

The Occupational Therapist can give advice on:

  • looking after your joints;
  • coping with your pain & tiredness;
  • how to manage with difficulties encountered with everyday tasks eg cooking, washing, dressing and driving;
  • maintaining hand function through exercise
  • teach relaxation to help with pain and tiredness

The Occupational Therapist can provide:

  • splints to help cope with pain/inflammation in the hand;
  • equipment for home to assist with managing stairs, bath, toilet and kitchen

How can I see an Occupational Therapist?

If you have attended the Rheumatology Clinic you may ask your consultant to refer you to the Rheumatology Occupational Therapist.

If you not attended the Rheumatology Clinic, you will need your GP to refer you to Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Service.

If you have already attended Rheumatology Occupational Therapy and you are experiencing difficulty with everyday tasks, you may contact your occupational therapist on 028 2563 5251.

Managing your joints

Correct Hand Posture

Food Preparation

Kitchen Equipment

Opening Lids

Daily Tasks

Further information

Publications

Fatigue and Arthritis Information Booklet
Looking after your joints when you have Arthritis
Sleep And Arthritis

Useful web links

Sleep Problems
Anxiety/depression
Hand Exercises
Importance of exercise
Joint Protection
Joint Care

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