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[Rehabilitation in rheumatology].

Sektion Rheumatologie, Medizinische Klinik II, Universitätsklinikum Leipzig, Leipzig, Deutschland.
Der Internist (Impact Factor: 0.33). 10/2010; 51(10):1239-45. DOI: 10.1007/s00108-010-2626-1
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ABSTRACT Rehabilitation in rheumatology focuses on prevention of functional disorders of the musculoskeletal system, maintenance of working ability and prevention of care dependency. Drug treatment alone rarely results in long-term remission, therefore rehabilitative measures must be integrated into rheumatic care. Rehabilitative therapy in rheumatology includes physiotherapy, patient education and occupational therapy. Positive effects of physical therapy methods have been proven by various studies. Patient education and occupational therapy are important tools for stabilizing the course of the disease. To maintain positive rehabilitative results patients have to be involved in the selection of treatment measures and should take an active part in the long-term treatment process. Despite proven efficacy of physical measures there is evidence for a lack of utilization of rehabilitative therapy due to increasing cost pressure in the health care system which will further increase over time.

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