1st Edition

Occupational and Physical Therapy for Children with Rheumatic Diseases A Clinical Handbook

By Gay Kuchta, Iris Davidson Copyright 2008

    'This volume comes at an important time in the development of the discipline, and reflects the knowledge gained by the authors through decades of hands-on experience of treating children and adolescents with the entire spectrum of rheumatic diseases. It emphasizes the integration of the expertise of all health care providers in an interactive team' - Ross Petty in the Foreword. This highly practical handbook is easy to read and refer to on a daily basis. The wide-ranging style encourages a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to provide continuity of care, and the handy binding and layout is designed to aid quick access of core information. Featuring over 230 full-colour images and reproducible resources for patients and carers, this guide is a vital resource for Allied Health Professionals, especially those working with children.

    Part One: Disease specific overview of assessment and treatment. Rheumatic diseases of childhood. Flow chart of therapeutic intervention. Pain assessment, problem identification and treatment. Functional deficits: assessment, problem identification and treatment. Section 1: Inflammatory joint disease. Nomenclature. Oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Psoriatic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Enthesitis related arthritis. Section 2: Connective tissue diseases. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). Scleroderma. Primary systemic vasculitis. Section 3: Idiopathic pain. Local idiopathic pain syndromes (LIPS). Diffuse idiopathic pain syndromes (DIPS). Non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pain. Part Two: Details of specific OT/PT interventions in pediatric rheumatology. Section 4: Therapy interventions. Before treating a child with rheumatic disease. Chronic pain management. Physical and psychosocial function. Section 5: Medical, nursing and social work management. Inflammatory joint disease. Connective tissue diseases. Musculoskeletal pain. Transition management. Physical activity in chronic rheumatic disease and chronic pain. Nursing in rheumatology. Social work in rheumatology. Section 6: Resources. Educational handouts. Websites, books and other resources for families and therapists. Suppliers. Bibliography. Index.


    EDITED BY GAY KUCHTA AND IRIS DAVIDSON respectively Occupational Therapist, Vancouver Pediatric Rheumatology Progam, British Columbia; Physical Therapist, Vancouver Pediatric Rheumatology Progam, British Columbia, Canada