General Joint Protection
General joint protection
strategies include the following:
- Try to avoid joint positions
that could cause joint deformity. These positions usually include
any position in which the joint is bent.
- Avoid holding the joints in
static positions for long periods of time as it encourages muscle
- When completing a task,
stronger muscle groups should be used instead of weaker ones as
this allows the joints to work to their best advantage.
- Refrain from beginning an
activity that cannot be stopped easily.
- Respect the signs pain as it
is usually indicative of joint destruction.
All of the general joint
protection strategies listed above were referenced from the following
Trombly, C. A. (Ed.).
(1995). Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction (4th
ed.). Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins.