(SOLVED) A client with mild rheumatoid arthritis reports a new onset of pain specific to the left posterior finger proximal Interphalangeal joint
A client with mild rheumatoid arthritis reports a new onset of pain specific to the left posterior finger proximal Interphalangeal joint. The joint is red inflamed and hot to the touch. which action should the nurse implement
The rheumatoid arthrits is an condition which has progressive damage of the joinys and especially in the limbs and it may affect the heart tissue also.
So here the patient is known case of rheumatoid arthritis and he is experienced onset of the pain and the red inflammation and the red in color and hot to touch etc. The rheumatoid arthritis here there is an Most commonly occuring the interpharngeal and inter carpel joint becomes Swollen and it can lead to permanent damage and it becomes unable to function due to the pain. The main cause of the swollen nodular formation is due to herdening in between the joints and it will causes severe throbbing pain for the client.
So here the nurses role is to identify the type and stage of the rheumatoid arthritis and collect the history of the patients especially the personal habits such as food habits, use if alcoholism and smoking and family history of the same condition.
Then the priliminery management includes the local application of the analgesuc and the proper massaging and the use of hot packs etc. It will warmup the hands and prevent the further damage.
Prevent ion of further symptoms which includes:
* take the calcium supplement
* take the milk and calcium rich foods.
* avoid the habits of alcoholism and the smoking.
*if the patient experiences the triggers and the pain approch to the physician.
* take the pain medications if necessary.
* stay active do not overburden the affected area.
* protection of the affected joints
*Use of the bandages etc.
These measure will prevent the triggers or the flares.