The benefits of exercise in inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis
ACE has frequently written about the benefits of exercise in inflammatory arthritis (IA) and osteoarthritis (OA). During a series of EULAR presentations, speakers provided evidence for regular physical activity for IA and OA patients.
Anne- Kathryn Rausch, an academic from Zurich University, spoke about how general recommendations for physical activity are effective, safe and feasible for patients with ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
“All healthcare providers should take responsibility for promoting physical activity,” said Rausch.
Another speaker at EULAR, Karin Niedermann, professor of physiotherapy at Zurich University, added further evidence of the effectiveness and safety of physical activity in IA and hip/knee OA. Dr. Nidermann said this may have particular benefits in IA, and “may directly influence the inflammation” in patients with IA. In hip and knee OA, “exercise may have stronger effects than painkillers.“
Dr. Niedermann and many other physicians come to see “exercise as medicine. “ According to Dr. Niedermann, exercise should no longer be considered as a complement to health, but “should be a standard intervention in the management of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis.”