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Systemic sclerosis: rehabilitation as a tool to cope with disability


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  1. Division of Rheumatology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Florence, Italy.
  2. Division of Rheumatology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Florence, Italy.

CER8457
2016 Vol.34, N°5 ,Suppl.100
PI 0162, PF 0169
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PMID: 27384349 [PubMed]

Received: 17/03/2015
Accepted : 04/09/2015
In Press: 04/07/2016
Published: 13/10/2016

Abstract

In patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), local disability of the hands and face, due to the involvement of skin, subcutaneous tissues and musculoskeletal system, is scarcely improved by pharmacological therapy, but may be treated efficaciously with rehabilitation, which can prevent and reduce local disability, thus ameliorating global disability and impaired Quality of Life, related to changes in the hands and face. In SSc, in order to be efficacious, rehabilitation should: 1. include and use both local treatments of hands and face and global rehabilitation techniques; 2. be different according to the different SSc phases and subsets; 3. include different techniques to tailor treatment to the personal needs and abilities of the patients.

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