Those receiving home care or placed in a care home may benefit from regular exercise to oppose the effects of rheumatoid arthritis, it has been said.
Researchers from Tufts University in Massachusetts decided to test the effects of Tai Chi on patients suffering from arthritis of the knee, which affects thousands of Britons and is very common in older demographics of the UK.
Lynn Love, the director of operations at the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, welcomed the research and said that it must be linked to the individual as the disease affects each person in a very different way.
She said that people can exercise after joint replacement surgery too, though it must be appropriate to their condition as well as the length of time after the operation.
Ms Love concluded: "There is some evidence to suggest that the onset [of rheumatoid arthritis] is faster in people who smoke. For people who smoke and have developed rheumatoid arthritis, generally the disease can be more aggressive."
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