Effect of Exercise on the Disease Activity of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA&Ex)

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University of Nebraska

Status

Completed

Conditions

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Treatments

Other: Aerobic and resistance exercise training

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00792675
0267-02-FB

Details and patient eligibility

About

This study will evaluate the effect of exercise on the number of swollen and tender joints associated with rheumatoid arthritis after a 12 week exercise program of treadmill walking and weightlifting.

Full description

The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of exercise on the number of swollen and tender joints associated with rheumatoid arthritis. It was hypothesized that persons would have less inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis after a 12 week exercise program of treadmill walking and weighlifting. Immune parameters were measured to determine potential mechanisms responsible for changes in inflammation with exercise.

Enrollment

55 patients

Sex

All

Ages

19 to 65 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • a diagnosis of RA according to the ACR 1989 Criteria at least 6 months prior to enrollment in the study, but not longer than 12 years
  • age 19 to 65 years old
  • stable regimen of medication for 2 months with less than 10 mg/day of oral corticosteroids
  • currently exercise < 2x/week for less than 30 minutes at less than 60% of his/her age predicted maximum heart rate
  • Subjects must pass the Physical Activity Readiness Scale Questionnaire (PAR-Q)

Exclusion criteria

  • other serious health problems
  • intra-articular injection within 6 weeks
  • total joint replacement of the large joints
  • use of beta-blockers
  • inability to complete the submaximal exercise test

Trial design

55 participants in 1 patient group

Exercise
Experimental group
Description:
Exercise consists of 30 minutes of treadmill exercise at approximately 85% of heart rate max and 2 sets of 6 resistance weight lifting exercises resulting in volitional fatigue at 12 to 15 repetitions.
Treatment:
Other: Aerobic and resistance exercise training

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