Rheumatoid arthritis and exercise

Until recently, the common belief about the best treatment for arthritis was rest. Today, experts advocate the controlled exercises to promote circulation and relieve inflammation.

“What do you have rheumatoid arthritis, but that’s not what has most people? … “. This is one of the misconceptions we have of this chronic disease and autoimmune inflammatory character, that every day affects more people. The another mistake is that physical exercise is counterproductive for these patients.

Most prevalent in women than in men, age of onset is usually middle age, between 40-50 years, but can also do it in childhood or adolescence.

With an unknown origin, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes inflammation in various joints of the body, usually bilaterally, preventing the patient a normal daily life, due to restrictions of mobility generated by these inflammations and especially the pain that they cause. Finally, these inflammatory processes that occur in outbreaks are disrupting the normal architecture of the patient’s joint deformities generating hindering movements even more.

In short, we are dealing with a disease that often goes completely unnoticed by all but the sufferer. You perform tasks as simple as opening a screw cap, turn the key to the front door or squeeze the hose to a gas station, it becomes mission impossible for many people daily.

The increase in cases in recent years and especially the efforts of those affected is beginning to bear the first fruits, as the health community gradually provides more tools to a group of patients for whom, until now, the best treatment was resignation and living with the pain.

These treatments, always coordinated by a physician, consist primarily of a medication to control these inflammatory processes and biological treatments performed in the laboratory, which are designed specifically for each patient … getting, as they verbalize “life-changing”.

But all this must be maintained by a multidisciplinary group, where nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and psychologists work closely together. Without ignoring them all, in this article we focus on the share of the physiotherapist and physical exercises we can do under their supervision.