How to Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

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When treating rheumatoid arthritis pain, use a paraffin bath and saran wrap to get heat to joints. Use a paraffin bath for relief from rheumatoid arthritis pain with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi, my name is Tricia Trinque and I'm a physical therapist at Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And today, we're going to be talking about how to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis pain. The materials that we'll be using today, include a paraffin bath that can be purchased on-line, as well as we're going to be using some Saran wrap. Rheumatoid Arthritis can be a debilitating arthritic disease that can cause pain and discomfort in the hand. Preventing us from utilizing our hand as effectively as we would like. In order to help relive some of that pain, we can utilize paraffin wax bath treatment. That helps provide heat to the joints that are difficult to get to, with a regular heating pad. What we're going to have a patient do, is to hold her fingers out nice and straight, o.k. And she's going to dip her hand into the paraffin wax bath. Now, she's gently going to dip her hand into the paraffin bath, keeping her hand nice and relaxed. Go all the way in, up until, to cover the wrist. Come down and should, its' a little hot but it won't burn, don't touch the bottom or the sides. Good, now bring it out and allow the dripping of the wax to drip off and hold, and we're going to dunk that four more times. And then, on this last dip, you're going to let the drippings drop and hold. I said, one more, o.k., one more. O.k., and at this point, once the dripping have stopped, then we're going to take our Saran wrap. And we're going to hold the heat in by wrapping the Saran wrap around the hand, holding that nice heat in. And then, taking a towel, wrapping the towel, wrapping the towel around the hand to hold the heat in. And then she'll have a seat for 20 minutes, to allow the heat to penetrate into the joints. To decrease some of the pain and inflammation and improve her mobility. Again, my name is Tricia Trinque and I'm with Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And we've just demonstrated, demonstrated utilizing the paraffin bath for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. To reduce the pain and inflammation and increase the joint mobility. Should you have any pain or discomfort, in addition, please contact your physical therapist or your physician for additional evaluation.


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