Long term high intensity exercise and damage of small joints in rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Long term high intensity exercise and damage of small joints in rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Zuzana de Jong and Marten Munneke and Aeilko H. Zwinderman and Herman M. Kroon and Karel H Ronday and Willem Frederik Lems and Ben A. C. Dijkmans and Ferdinand C. Breedveld and Theodora P. M. Vliet Vlieland and Johanna M. W. Hazes and Thomas W. J. Huizinga},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  volume={63 11},
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of long term high intensity weightbearing exercises on radiological damage of the joints of the hands and feet in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Data of the 281 completers of a 2 year randomised controlled trial comparing the effects of usual care physical therapy (UC) with high intensity weightbearing exercises were analysed for the rate of radiological joint damage (Larsen score) of the hands and feet. Potential determinants of outcome… CONTINUE READING


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