Observing Arthritis in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following characteristics in students with arthritis:
- May have difficulty writing
- May need to stand during long classes
- May occasionally miss class due to flare ups
- Arthritis Foundation
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Arthritis Information
Related Functional Characteristics
Climate Sensitivity : Arthritic pain often increases during rapid weather changes especially in extremely cold weather.
Fatigue (Physical) : Students with arthritis may experience physical fatigue due to increased muscle stiffness, mobility issues, chronic pain, or inability to sleep.
Motor Skill (Fine) : Students with arthritis have joint pain that can impact joints in fingers and hands.
Motor Skill (Gross Lower) : Students with arthritis may experience gross motor difficulties due to muscle and joint pain, damage, or loss of movement. These difficulties are generally intermittent.
Motor Skill (Gross Upper) : Students with arthritis may experience pain due to muscle and joint damage or loss of movement in the joint(s).
Pain Management : Students with arthritis often have pain and stiffness in the mornings and have flare ups periodically that cause pain and movement restriction.
Service Animal Needs : Service animals can help students with arthritis to reach and retrieve items or to assist with balance.
Susceptibility to Infection : Students with arthritis have higher susceptibility to infection.
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