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Exercise therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis: saftey of intensive programmes and effects upon bone mineral; density and disease activity

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Kennedy, Norelee;

Institution: Maney Publishing
Subject Keywords: aerobic exercise; rheumatoid arthritiis; strengthening;
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Description:

Rheumatoid arthritis presents many challenges to those involved in its management. Concerns
exist over the safety of interventions aimed at increasing aerobic capacity and muscle strength.
The objective of this review was to evaluate the outcome of intensive exercise programmes for
patients with rheumatoid arthritis on bone mineral density and disease activity. A search of six
databases was conducted using relevant search terms. Papers investigating the effect of aerobic
and/or strengthening programmes on patients with rheumatoid arthritis were included. Eleven
papers out of 30 returned were included; four of these eleven papers had a low risk of bias.
Findings from these studies indicated that exercise programmes for patients with rheumatoid
arthritis do not increase disease activity, are safe, and slow down the loss of bone mineral in the
hip. Results of this review highlight the safety and benefits of aerobic and dynamic
strengthening exercise programmes for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Suggested citation:

Kennedy, Norelee; . () Exercise therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis: saftey of intensive programmes and effects upon bone mineral; density and disease activity [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/817393 [Accessed: 21st September 2019].

  

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