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SP0160 What?s new in rehabilitation of systemic sclerosis?
  1. A. Schouffoer
  1. Rheumatology, LUMC, Leiden, Netherlands


In patients with systemic sclerosis, physical disability may be a result of fibrosis in the internal organs as well as the musculoskeletal system. In recent years clinical studies evaluating effectiveness of rehabilitation demonstrated promising results (1). Rehabilitation modalities aiming to improve musculoskeletal impairment include heat application, range of motion and stretching exercise, massage and joint manipulation and splints. In order to improve functional capacity other brehabilitation programs contained aerobic exercise and strength or resistive exercises (2,3). This lecture aims to provide an overview of the safety and effectiveness of rehabilitation regiments in systemic sclerosis.

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