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Fitness trackers reveal a low level of physical activity in patients with musculoskeletal disease

Presented By
Honoria Ocagli, University of Padova, Italy
Conference
EULAR 2022
Although patients with musculoskeletal disease achieve the reference value for moderate-to-vigorous physical training, they fail the recommended number of daily steps. This is most pronounced in patients with autoimmune disease and osteoarthritis, especially in elderly patients. Physical activity is an important lifestyle factor for improving long-term health, especially in patients with rheumatic musculoskeletal disorders due to the increased cardiovascular risk. In the general population, wearable fitness trackers are increasingly popular to assess physical activity and get motivational cues. A meta-analysis presented Ms Honoria Ocagli (University of Padova, Italy) aimed to evaluate wearable devices in patients with both non-inflammatory (i.e. fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis) and inflammatory (i.e. chronic inflammatory arthropathies, systemic autoimmune disorders) rheumatic diseases as a means to assess physical activity [1]. The researchers explored...


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