Grip strength reflects disease activity in patients with RA

Study shows multiple joint tenderness contributes to poor hand function
Lydia Hales
rheumatoid arthritis

Reduced grip strength has been linked to increased disease activity and disability in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis.

Swedish researchers analysed data on a cohort of 225 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) seen in the outpatient department of a hospital servicing the city of Malmo and followed for five years.