Studies have shown that early aggressive treatment of RA can limit joint damage, which in turn limits loss of movement, decreased ability to work, higher medical costs and potential surgery. In fact, early diagnosis and treatment can help stop joint damage.
- Have pain or swelling in 3 or more joints
- Have stiffness in 3 or more joints
- Feel pain in the wrists, fingers or toes
- And have had this problem for less than 12 months
Then you might benefit from a screening to determine if you have RA.
Because Rheumatoid Arthritis is a serious disease, early diagnosis and treatment are critical to enable those affected to continue living productive lifestyles. Advancements in research and drug development, joint protection techniques and self-management techniques have made it possible for more people with RA to live healthier and more fulfilling live
For a screening and information on Rheumatoid Arthritis, please call 1-866-720-4297 or visit the Arthritis Foundation New York City Chapter Homepage.