The occupational therapist and physical therapist can offer help that is of paramount importance in the rehabilitation of the patient with weakness. Strengthening and stretching exercises maintain the weak muscles in maximum tone and keep the joints from developing contractures, which further limit movement. The patient can be trained to use adaptive movements to facilitate function and to use canes and walkers, assessing which ones produce the maximum benefit. Splints and braces can be used to stabilize the joints.
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