Washington: Cardio-respiratory aerobic exercise is safe for patients with stable rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggest researchers in France. The team from the University of Grenoble Medical School in France found that RA patients who exercised regularly had improved function, less joint pain, and greater quality of life.
Researchers assessed the efficacy of exercise on RA symptoms using standardized mean differences (SMDs) which is the difference (between groups) of mean outcome variation from baseline/SD at baseline of aerobic exercises versus non-aerobic rehabilitation. Meta analysis of the research showed that exercise improved the post-intervention quality of life, HAQ score and pain VAS. "While past studies have indicated that RA patients are quite physically inactive, our study shows aerobic exercise to be a safe and beneficial intervention for this group. Further trials are needed to clearly determine the clinical impact of cardio-respiratory conditioning in the management of RA," said Dr. Baillet. The findings will be published in the July print issue of Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology. ANI
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