Improve Muscle strength by moving more:
Muscle wasting and reduced strength (up to 70%) are common in those with rheumatoid arthritis compared to controls. They are also at risk of rheumatoid cachexia. RCTs evaluating the effect of exercise interventions for those with rheumatoid arthritis have identified improvements in knee extensor isometric strength and grip strength, assessed using a dynamometer . A combination of aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises are recommended routinely for those with rheumatoid arthritis .
Quality of evidence:
Grade A – high Quality
Strength of recommendation
Grade 1 – Strong Recommendation
Muscle strength is reduced in those with rheumatoid arthritis. There is a strong evidence base that physical activity and exercise interventions can help improve muscle strength.
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