A regular weight-training regimen may help treat rheumatoid arthritis. A study of 28 patients found that weight training led to improvements in basic physical function, such as walking.
Researchers said such high intensity exercising could play a key role in managing the condition.
BBC News reports:
"RA is mainly a disease affecting the joints, but a less well known symptom is that it also severely reduces muscle mass and strength and this occurs even among patients whose disease is well managed …
They found physical function improved by between 20 percent to 30 percent in the group doing weight training. Strength also increased by nearly 120 percent."