Treating rheumatoid arthritis
Just opening a jar can be a harsh reminder of the limitations rheumatoid arthritis places on daily life. Early and aggressive treatment can often help.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic degenerative inflammatory disease of the joints. More than two million Americans have the condition; about 70% of them are women.
RA has long frustrated patients and doctors. It has widely varying effects, its course is unpredictable, its causes are unknown, and no cure is in sight. However, medical science has made striking progress in treating the condition. In some people, early and aggressive therapy can halt joint damage and reduce long-term disability.