Longterm physical training in rheumatoid arthritis. A randomized trial with different training programs and blinded observers

Scand J Rheumatol. 1993;22(3):107-12. doi: 10.3109/03009749309099253.


The objective was to study the long-term effect (2 years) of different training programs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The method was a randomized trial with 75 patients participating. The measured variables included morning stiffness, a pain score, number of swollen joints, a health assessment score, a functional score, ESR, Hb, the cost of medicine, and progression using X-rays of hands and feet. The results showed no effect of training on the disease activity or on the progression of the disease. The conclusion is that although most patients are in favour of training, the present study does not support that training lessons per se affect the disease activity or the progression of the disease.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy*
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Therapy Modalities*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors