It is estimated that rheumatoid arthritis affects 1.3 million adults in the United States. Ninety to ninety-five
percent of those patients have wrist involvement. Surgical procedures for the rheumatoid wrist are briefly reviewed. Hand
therapy treatment for the surgical and non-surgical patient is then discussed. Special attention is given to the importance
of individualized treatment and evidence-based practice.
Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis, Wrist, Rehabilitation, Therapy, Splints, Exercise, Function
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