Beneficial effect of climatic therapy on inflammatory arthritis at Tiberias Hot Springs

Scand J Rheumatol. 2002;31(3):172-7.


Objective: To examine the beneficial effect of climatic therapy at the Tiberias Hot Springs on patients with inflammatory arthritis.

Methods: Patients from Sweden with inflammatory arthritis underwent climatic therapy for 4 weeks at the Tiberias Hot Springs in Israel. Patients were examined at the beginning and end of the therapy and were evaluated as responders according to internationally validated criteria.

Results: One hundred-thirty-six patients were evaluated, 83 with a clinical course of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and 53 with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Forty-seven (57%) of the RA patients and 32 (60%) of the AS patients were considered responders. Shorter disease duration and more active disease were associated with a greater response in RA, while in AS males responded more often than females.

Conclusion: Most patients benefited significantly from climatic therapy. Long-term follow-up is necessary to see whether improvement is sustained and if work ability and hospitalizations are also improved.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthritis / therapy*
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / therapy
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy
  • Balneology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / therapy
  • Treatment Outcome