Objectives To compare the efficacy of two exercise programs in patients with early RA.
Methods 51 patients with early RA (92,2% females, age of 18 to 53 years, disease duration of 2 to 17 months) were randomized into one of 3 groups. At hospital, 15 patients underwent 10 high-intensity dynamic exercises using gym apparatus Enraf-Nonius with biofeedback for 45–60 min, including aerobic part (En-Cardio) and 18–20 muscle-strengthening exercises (En-Dynamic Track), 18 patients – 10 therapeutic exercises for 45 min under the supervision of a trainer in addition to drug therapy. In both groups, the 45-min exercises lasted at home 3 times a week for 3 months. 18 patients received only drug therapy (control). Joint pain on 100-mm VAS, DAS28, HAQ, RAPID3, the average powers of knee extension and ankle flexion by the EN-TreeM movement analysis were evaluated at baseline and at 3 months.
Results After 3 months there were statistically significant differences between the both exercise groups and the control group in most parameters (p<0,05).
Conclusions The both exercise programs help to control diseases activity, increase functional status, power of motion and quality of life in patients with early RA. Gym exercises should be recommended to young RA patients with the short duration of the disease.
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Disclosure of Interest None Declared