Balance training in rheumatoid arthritis

It is not clear how effective and safe balance training is for people with rheumatoid arthritis. This review looked at the latest evidence

Review question

What is the effectiveness and safety of balance training in improving functional capacity of patients with rheumatoid arthritis?

Nursing implications

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis find their daily living activities are limited if their lower extremity joints are impaired. Another significant problem for these patients is they are at risk of falls because they have problems with their balance and posture.

Balance training aims to help people maintain balance when they have visual and other problems. Evidence has suggested that combining balance training with visual and auditory inputs can improve spatial perception, which may improve stability in body posture.

However, information about how effective and safe balance training is for patients with rheumatoid arthritis is limited.

Source - Nursing Times

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