Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: July 2018

Workgroups: Arthritis Workgroup

In this Cochrane systemic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found uncertain evidence to support the clinical benefits of hand exercise for adults with rheumatoid arthritis. The review included studies that compared hand exercise to non-exercise therapies. Researchers found improvements in hand function, pain, and grip and pinch strength with hand exercise, but were unsure if this equates to useful clinical benefits. They found that hand exercise may be safe without adverse effects. 

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Williams, M. A., Srikesavan, C., Heine, P. J., Bruce, J., Brosseau, L., Hoxey-Thomas, N., & Lamb, S. E. (2018). Exercise for rheumatoid arthritis of the hand. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019 (7). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003832.pub3