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Arthritis Rheum. 1994 May;37(5):623-8.

Safe and effective isokinetic knee extension training in rheumatoid arthritis.

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Department of Clinical Chemistry, Herlev University Hospital, Denmark.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the safety of isokinetic knee extensor strength training, and its effectiveness with regard to knee extension, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

METHODS:

Nine women with RA, all in functional stage II or III, underwent a low-intensity strengthening protocol with 48 repetitions at 50% of maximal voluntary contraction, 3 times per week for 3 weeks, using an isokinetic dynamometer.

RESULTS:

Five patients had knee synovitis at entry; but neither synovitis nor joint pain increased. The mean gain in strength was 21%.

CONCLUSION:

This training method was effective and safe in patients with RA.

PMID:
8185688
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780370504
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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