Exercise recommended for arthritis sufferers

February 28, 2008 2:49:47 PM PST
Arthritis and exercise is a good mix.

A new study finds people with arthritis who participate in three weeks of intensive exercise therapy after being hospitalized enjoy a better quality of life a full year after the treatment than those who don't.

Also, the exercise program actually saves money compared to standard care. Arthritis patients often experience a decline in function while in the hospital yet there is no standard treatment for these patients after hospital discharge.

The study in Arthritis and Rheumatism says intensive therapy should be offered to all patients with arthritis after being discharged from the hospital.