Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers - It's time to exercise! 



Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness in Belfield provides servicing to many near by Inner West suburbs including Belmore, Strathfield and Croydon park. See our weekly blog below if you are interested in new research, facts, general information or ideas.

At Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy, we can help you with your Rheumatoid Arthritis condition.


Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects 1% of the population worldwide. It is a condition that affects the joints in the body and can cause significant pain and disability.

What are some signs and symptoms:

  • Joint pain

  • Warm or swollen joints

  • Limping

  • Loss of joint function

  • Reduced ability to perform normal tasks


There is no direct cure, however there are some treatments that can help manage this autoimmune condition such as medications, rest and exercises – strength training to be specific. A study in 2012 investigated the effects of strength training and aerobic exercises in participants with knee Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The study investigated 48 persons assigned into an aerobic group, strength group and an aerobic and strength group. They ultimately found those participants in the aerobic group improved functional and walking ability and those participants in the strength group had more efficient effects on knee range of motion. The study also concluded that the strength group had superior results and thus is the preferred intervention for knee Rheumatoid Arthritis. A combination of both can further the positive effects…

What does this mean? For those people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, we can help you manage your pain levels and functional ability through a structured aerobic and strength program designed specific and tailored to your ability. These results can be applied to many other joints in the body.

To find out more about how we can help improve your condition symptoms, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

Reference: Rahnama, N. & Mazioum, V. (2012). Effects of strengthening and aerobic exercises on pain severity and function in patients with knee rheumatoid arthritis. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3(7), 492 – 498

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