Although work-related physical activity over many years is known to cause osteoarthritis in certain joints, this study presented at EULAR 2016 is the first to show a link between physical workload and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The data showed that some types of physical workload increased the odds of developing RA more than others, such as exposure to repeated vibration, carrying or lifting weights greater than 10kg, bending/turning, and working with one’s hands either below knee level or above shoulder level.

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