Joint pain prescription: 45 min per week of moderate to vigorous exercise

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  • Moderate-intensity exercise for 45 min per week or more is linked to improved lower limb joint symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or at risk for developing RA.
Why this matters
  • Symptomatic individuals can benefit from less exercise than the 150 min weekly recommended by federal guidelines.
Study design
  • Accelerometer monitoring substudy from Osteoarthritis Initiative of participants with RA or at risk for RA reporting ankle, foot, knee, and/or hip pain, aching, or stiffness included 1647 patients with baseline and 2-y follow-up for physical function measured by gait speed and/or by SF-12 physical component score.
  • Better function assessment was based on transitioning into higher quinti...