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J Phys Ther Sci. 2016 Jan;28(1):304-8. doi: 10.1589/jpts.28.304. Epub 2016 Jan 30.

Effects of rehabilitation for pain relief in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review.

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1
Department of Rehabilitation Science, Graduate School of Inje University, Republic of Korea.
2
Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Inje University, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to find evidence for the effectiveness of rehabilitation for pain relief in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. [Subjects and Methods] A systematic review was conducted of MEDLINE, The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and OVID, for studies published from July 2005 to July 2015. We extracted data regarding patients, intervention, comparison, and outcomes, and assessed the methodological quality of the data. [Results] Nine randomized controlled trials comparing the effects of pain relief in patients with rheumatoid arthritis were found. [Conclusion] Physical therapy and occupational therapy can reduce pain in rheumatoid arthritis.

KEYWORDS:

Pain; Rehabilitation; Rheumatoid arthritis

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