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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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PMID:  10368839     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
J McMeeken; B Stillman; I Story; P Kent; J Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiotherapy research international : the journal for researchers and clinicians in physical therapy     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1358-2267     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiother Res Int     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-08-03     Completed Date:  1999-08-03     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612022     Medline TA:  Physiother Res Int     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  55-67     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Analysis of Variance
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / rehabilitation*
Disability Evaluation
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Knee Joint*
Middle Aged
Movement / physiology
Muscle Contraction / physiology
Pain Measurement

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