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Physiother Res Int. 1999;4(1):55-67.

The effects of knee extensor and flexor muscle training on the timed-up-and-go test in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis.

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School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Australia. j.mcmeeken@physio.unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

Rheumatoid arthritis frequently results in functional impairment. This study investigated the effect of a specific exercise regimen on function.

METHOD:

A randomized controlled assessor-blinded (N = 36) compared the effect of knee extensor and flexor muscle training on pain, the timed up and go (TUG) test and the Health Assessment Questionnaire in subjects with non-acute rheumatoid arthritis.

RESULTS:

Knee extensor and flexor muscle training increased isokinetic torques at speeds of 60 degrees/sec-1 and 120 degrees/sec-1 as measured by an isokinetic dynamometer (p = 0.02-0.003). The experimental group experienced a reduction in pain (p = 0.03), an improvement in TUG time (p = 0.01) and in function as measured by the Health Assessment Questionnaire (p = 0.04).

CONCLUSIONS:

Specific knee muscle training can be administered safely in people with non-acute rheumatoid arthritis, and may produce functional benefits.

PMID:
10368839
DOI:
10.1002/pri.1999.4.1.55
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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