Aerobic exercise is beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis

Jennie Scarvell, Mark Elkins

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It is estimated that at least 1.16% of women and 0.44% of men in the UK have rheumatoid arthritis.1 It is a disabling condition that has been recognised as having cardiovascular systemic effects and secondary effects of immobilisation.2 National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the management of rheumatoid arthritis mention specialist physiotherapy to enhance general fitness, joint flexibility and muscle strength in order to improve function.3 But the NICE reference to ‘general fitness’ probably undervalues the importance of aerobic exercise in improving quality of life for people with rheumatoid arthritis.4


This systematic review was performed to determine the effects of aerobic exercise on pain, disease activity, functional ability and quality of life in people with rheumatoid arthritis. The review also examined possible adverse effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1008-1009
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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