Exercise tolerance and disease related measures in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis

J Rheumatol. 1988 Jun;15(6):905-11.


One hundred and twenty patients with symptomatic rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA) in weight bearing joints (RA = 40; OA = 80) performed subjective maximal graded exercise tests on a motor driven treadmill. Disease related measures were also assessed. Findings from this sample indicated that people with arthritis were significantly impaired in exercise tolerance, flexibility and biomechanical efficiency. Significant differences between diagnoses appeared on a number of disease related measures; however, there was little correlation between disease related measures and exercise tolerance. Women demonstrated a greater aerobic impairment than men; and women with RA had a greater aerobic deficit than women with OA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / metabolism
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / rehabilitation
  • Diagnosis-Related Groups
  • Exercise Test
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joints / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Osteoarthritis / metabolism
  • Osteoarthritis / physiopathology*
  • Osteoarthritis / rehabilitation
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Pain
  • Physical Fitness*
  • Severity of Illness Index