Author(s): SUAD MAHDI MOHAMMED SADIQ
between 55 years and 64 years of age. It has a high societal impact due to treatment requirements and losses in productivity which, mainly affects the synovium of peripheral joints, with significant impact on quality of life, regarding the social, economic and psychological aspects.Objective: The study carried to assess the impact of physiotherapy exercise on rheumatoid arthritis patients.Patients and methods: The sample consisted of 50 cases 42 of them are females, and 8 of them are males, patients’ age ranges from 22-75 years. In this research the impact of physiotherapy on quality of life in patients with rheumatoid arthritis was investigated using the Index of disease activity: Disease Activity Score (DAS) and Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ). Results: The study demonstrated significant increment between baseline and post exercise between (5.06±0.844) and (4.764±0.973) respectively (P -value 0.01) for DAS scores and (1.144±0.111) baseline and (1.085±0.148) post-exercise (P- value= 0.014) for HAQ scores. This increment was as a result to exercise which helps to decrease disability, functional capacity impairment and joint count. The positive impact on both functional capacity and disability is likely to be clinically relevant.
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