Turkish Archives of Pediatrics
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Physical activity and exercise in patients with pediatric rheumatic disease: A systematic search and review

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Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa Faculty of Health Science, Istanbul, Turkey

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Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Biruni University, Faculty of Health Science, Istanbul, Turkey

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Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Institute of Graduate Studies, Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Istanbul, Turkey

Turk Arch Pediatr 2021; 56: 179-186
DOI: 10.5152/TurkArchPediatr.2021.21034
Read: 247 Downloads: 165 Published: 30 April 2021

Childhood rheumatic diseases are a group of diseases that can affect many organs and systems, resulting in pain, joint stiffness, muscle atrophy and weakness. Physical inactivity has been reported in many childhood rheumatic diseases. There are many studies in the literature comparing the effectiveness of exercise programs in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Exercise and physical activity are considered major parts of the treatment of children with rheumatic disease. The aim of this review is to systematically present studies on physical activity and exercise programs in children with rheumatism from the last 5 years. An internet-based search of three databases-PubMed, PEDro and Medline- was conducted to find relevant studies. Two reviewers individually identified studies on the basis of their title, abstract or full text-as necessary-to determine their eligibility. Differences of opinion between the two examiners were resolved by discussion. Scientific studies of children with different rheumatic diagnoses have shown that physical activity and exercise have a significant effect on reducing the symptoms of the disease. However, the duration, frequency, method and evaluation of the exercises are still being discussed in the literature.

Cite this article as: Tarakcı E, Kısa EP, Arman N, Albayrak A. Physical activity and exercise in patients with pediatric rheumatic disease: a systematic search and review. Turk Arch Pediatr 2021; 56(3): 179-86.

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