Early RA Patients Lose Grip Over 5 Years (CME/CE)

Early RA Patients Lose Grip Over 5 Years (CME/CE)

Early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have significantly impaired grip strength 5 years after diagnosis, which might be helped by assessing hand function and prescribing rehabilitation in clinical settings, according to researchers in Sweden. In a study of 225 patients with early RA, grip force significantly improved in the first 12 months of the study, but was lower than expected after 5 years -- 139 newtons (N) versus 244 N, reported Carl Turesson, MD, PhD, of Skane University Hospital in Malmo, Sweden, and colleagues. "Grip strength improved in early RA, in particular during the first year. It was still significantly impaired...

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