What are the benefits to exercise in the management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David D Sherry, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Exercise preserves joint range of motion and muscular strength, and it protects joint integrity by providing better shock absorption. Types of exercises that may be advised include a muscle-strengthening program, range-of-motion activity, stretching of deformities, and endurance and recreational exercises. Hydrotherapy is a good form of exercise that helps achieve the aforementioned objectives.


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