- Importance of Exercise for Persons with Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Aerobic Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Recommendations for Aerobic Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Strength Training and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Flexibility/Range of Motion and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Recommendations for Flexibility and Range of Motion Exercises and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Exercise Testing and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Recreational Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psychological Aspects of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Table 1: Exercise Testing and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Osteoarthritis and Exercise
- Physical Activity Adherence and Quality of Life among Individuals with Arthritis
- Feasibility of an eight-week dance-based exercise program and its effects on locomotor ability of persons with Functional Class III rheumatoid arthritis.
- The Training Corner January, 2010: Avoiding Inactivity in Arthritis
- Exercise can reverse quadriceps sensorimotor dysfunction that is associated with rheumatoid arthritis without exacerbating disease.
- Arthritis Can Erode Quality of Life: Exercise and Assistive Aids Can Help
- Eating Well to Fight Arthritis
- Effects of dynamic strength training on physical function, Valpar 9 work sample test, and working capacity in patients with recent-onset rheumatoid arthritis
- Long-term Maintenance of Increased Exercise involvement Following a Self Management Intervention for Housebound Older Adults with Arthritis
The 25 year old woman thought it unusual that the joints of her hands have been causing her pain the past year, and as the year progressed, she noticed the pain increased as well. Not only did the pain progress in her hands, but she was also beginning to experience minimal pain in her wrists. She viewed herself as a young, healthy woman and believed she was too young to be experiencing symptoms of arthritis.
The pain forced her to visit her doctor where he found mild synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane of a joint) in her second through fifth metacarpophalangeal joints (MCPs). After an in-depth evaluation, the doctor diagnosed the woman with rheumatoid arthritis. Her doctor attempted to sensitively explain that rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory illness that can affect multiple systems and joints of the body.
The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis can have a life changing impact on many people, and society must be aware of this disease, its manifestations, and the opportunities to effectively manage rheumatoid arthritis. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the pathology of rheumatoid arthritis and review the current literature pertaining to exercise and rheumatoid arthritis in hopes to enhance awareness and knowledge of this disorder.