High-intensity exercise for rheumatoid arthritis was associated with less joint damage of the hands and feet than physical therapy: COMMENTARY

Maxwell, Lara; Tugwell, Peter
May 2005
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2005, Vol. 142 Issue 3, p73
Academic Journal
This article reports that updated guidelines on the management of rheumatoid arthritis recommend that an optimal treatment strategy include physical therapy and regular participation in dynamic and aerobic exercise programs in addition to pharmacologic interventions. Historically, it has been suggested that inflamed joints should be rested for fear that aerobic exercise will exacerbate inflammation and damage the joint. A previous study on this subject showed that the rate of progression was less in the exercise group than in the usual-care group.


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