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Exercises Good for People with Glomerulonephritis in RA

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2012-10-03 16:54

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation of filtering units in kidneys, thus leading to glomerulonephritis. If you have glomerulonephritis due to RA, you should be careful when choosing exercises.

You should make sure to balance your exercise with rest. When your symptoms are not bothering you so much, you can exercise more. If your symptoms get worse, you should reduce strenuous exercise and have more rest. Additionally, if you have serious swelling, you should also limit your exercise for it may worsen swelling and worsening renal function.

Types of exercises for people with glomerulonephritis due to RA:

Aerobic exercises

Aerobic exercises can bring a lot of benefits to the patients with glomerulonephritis in RA. They can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and improve immunity. Additionally, they can help improve endurance, strengthen bones, blood vessels and muscles. Common aerobic exercises include walking, bicycling, swimming and rowing.

Flexibility exercises

RA can cause joint stiffness and affect your daily activities. Flexibility exercises can promote comfortable movement and help relieve joint stiffness. Taichi and yoga are excellent options for improving your range of motion and flexibility and posture.

Strength training exercises

Strength training exercises can help build up muscles necessary for many activities of daily living. Also strong muscle can protect your joints very well. However, as the strength training exercises can increase muscle activities and increase the production of creatinine. If you have increased creatinine, you should limit the exercise intensity.

As the exercise types and intensity vary from case to case, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.

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