The benefits of exercise to combat the effects of musculoskeletal conditions have been well-documented in the scientific literature. Exercise, such as tai chi for example, can help restore balance. Low-impact aerobic exercise has been shown to improve physical function in rheumatoid arthritis while reducing cardiovascular disease risk. And, in rheumatoid arthritis in which cachexia can lead to permanent disability, high intensity resistance exercise has been shown to restore muscle mass.
While more rheumatology patients turn to exercise to alleviate disease symptoms, rheumatologists may not always have extensive familiarity how best to manage the physiological responses to exercise. A patient may need to be referred to sports medicine specialists, such as physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts, biomechanists, nutritionists, osteopaths, psychologists and physiologists.
In this quiz, we revisit clinical developments in sports and exercise medicine that were highlighted in an article we published earlier this month.
Click on 1-11 below to test your knowledge.