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Research news: Exercise and physical activity in patients with inflammatory arthritis

Scientists doing an experiment

Once patients finish NHS-provided exercise therapy for arthritis, it is up them to maintain a healthy and physically active lifestyle.

Despite the clear benefits of exercise on health and wellbeing, research shows that many patients are unable to be as physically active as they should be. We are funding research, led by Kirsty Bell at Glasgow Caledonian University, which aims to assess the activity levels of patients with inflammatory joint diseases, identify the main barriers to physical activity and exercise, and explore the links between physical activity, health and wellbeing in these patients.

Identifying barriers to exercise in patients with arthritis should help healthcare professionals and patients develop strategies to overcome them. This study is currently in the recruitment phase and you can read more about the study on our research pages.

For more information, go to www.arthritisresearchuk.org.
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.