What You Need to Know About Reactive Arthritis Care

Exercise as Part of Reactive Arthritis Treatment

Exercise, when introduced gradually, may help improve joint function. In particular, strengthening and range-of-motion exercises help maintain or improve joint function.
 
Strengthening exercises build up the muscles around the joint to better support it. Muscle-tightening exercises that do not move any joints can be done even when a person has inflammation and pain. Range-of-motion exercises improve movement and flexibility, and reduce stiffness in the affected joint. For people with spine pain or inflammation, exercises to stretch and extend the back can be particularly helpful in preventing long-term disability. Aquatic exercise also may be helpful.
 
Before beginning an exercise program, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider. He or she can recommend appropriate exercises for you.
 

Who Treats Reactive Arthritis?

A person with reactive arthritis will probably need to see several different types of healthcare providers because the condition affects different parts of the body. However, it may be helpful to the doctors and the patient for one doctor, usually a rheumatologist (a doctor specializing in arthritis), to manage the complete reactive arthritis treatment plan. This doctor can coordinate treatments and monitor the side effects from the various medicines the person may take.
 
The following specialists treat other features that affect different parts of the body:
 
  • Ophthalmologist (treats eye disease)
  • Gynecologist (treats genital symptoms in women)
  • Urologist (treats genital symptoms in men and women)
  • Dermatologist (treats skin symptoms)
  • Orthopedist (performs surgery on severely damaged joints)
  • Physiatrist (supervises exercise regimens).
     
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