What is the role of therapeutic exercise in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Fatigue and decreased endurance are frequent symptoms in patients with RA. When these patients are compared with age-matched subjects who do not have RA, a reduction in aerobic capacity and muscle strength is noted, both because of the disease itself and because of the lack of physical activity in these patients. Thus, exercise is an important part of rehabilitation management of RA.


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