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The result of the study reveals the following:- Recreational exercise is the best method that can be used to care for rheumatism since it enhances inflammation of joint, reduced muscular strength and pain; Recreational exercise helps to reduce decreasing social participation and other psychological disorders optimally; Rheumatism generally affects females most.
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