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Psychologists in hospitals help people minimise the emotional impact of their physical health problems, reports Dr Emma Piepenstock

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Psychologists in hospital settings are trained to assist people understanding the relationship between psychological and physical well-being. We aim to help people to maximise their health and quality of life and minimise the emotional impact of their physical health problems. This is vital for many people with arthritis, particularly children.

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Hand therapists are invaluable for people with inflammatory arthritis, outlines Christy Fowler

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Hand therapists are speciality trained occupational therapists and physiotherapists. They are involved in the management of hand injuries and disorders using exercise, splints, wound care and education. Advance practice hand therapists may also diagnose and treat common hand disorders with injections and interpretation of X-rays. When it comes to arthritis in particular, hand therapists form an integral part of the rheumatology team.

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