Arthritic Conditions

Rheumatoid Arthritis patients may benefit from high-intensity exercise

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful joint disease characterized by inflammation and swelling of the lining of the joints.

Although the disease usually occurs between the ages of 40-60 and is diagnosed in women twice as much as in men, RA can affect anyone at any age – including children. A person living with the debilitating effects of RA may not feel inclined to exercise; however, a study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases has found that high-intensity exercise does not increase joint damage in RA patients, and may even be beneficial.

Mayo researcher note that stronger leg muscles can protect against knee Osteoarthritis

Stronger quadriceps muscles in the legs can help protect against cartilage loss behind the kneecap, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones in the knee joint deteriorates over time. As this cushion wears down, the joint doesn’t function as well and may be painful.