Hand exercises plus normal drug therapy effective in RA

A tailored hand exercise program as an adjunct to usual drug therapy significantly improves function without worsening pain for rheumatoid arthritis patients with hand dysfunction, researchers report.

Their trial randomised nearly 500 patients to usual care or a 12-week home exercise program plus six face-to-face sessions with a physiotherapist. Patients on both arms continued to take their usual RA medication.