Arthritis is a generalized term common to describe joint disease. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a type of arthritis in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, resulting in chronic inflammation. Many often ask, “What is the difference between Arthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis?” We will help answer this question.
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Imagine knowing if a treatment will work for you before you start taking it. Approximately 1 in 3 people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) who are prescribed a biologic (anti-TNF) therapy such as Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, Cimizia, Inflectra, Simponi or Simponi Aria will sufficiently respond to treatment. There is no tool currently available to predict which person will respond to these drugs. Scipher Medicine
aspires to change this with PrismRATM
, a new test that could improve how RA is treated. AOCBV is participating in this study to help change the way RA is treated.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis affects nearly 2.5 million Americans and can lead to significant joint damage, disability, co-morbidity, and even premature death. Research has conclusively shown that delays in diagnosis or therapy can lead to hazardous outcomes. Early, aggressive therapy with the goal of inducing remission has a favorable effect on outcomes. These findings have led us to establish an Early Arthritis referral Clinic (EAC). The purpose of the clinic is to initiate a rapid evaluation, provide a timely and accurate diagnosis, and implement an effective therapeutic plan. This clinic is modeled after other successful programs across the US and Europe (Cush & Kavanaugh, 1995, Professional Communications, Inc.) and follows the guidelines published by Emery et al.
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Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis often notice changes in their symptoms during pregnancy. In fact, many have fewer symptoms when they pregnant. However, some may experience a flare during pregnancy. Therefore, we will discuss what you need to know about Rheumatoid Arthritis and pregnancy.
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Arthritis is an umbrella term to describe inflammation of the joints. However, there are different types of arthritis, including Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA). While RA and OA both affect your joints, they are extremely different forms of the same broader condition. RA is an autoimmune condition, while OA is primarily a degenerative joint condition. We will discuss Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Osteoarthritis.
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Adding your foods to your balanced diet may help ease the symptoms of your Arthritis. Therefore, we will answer the question, “What to eat to help your joints?”
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Many have probably heard that people with various forms of arthritis have long been said to be able to predict the weather. “Do the seasonal changes affect Rheumatoid Arthritis?” is a common question our patients who suffer from this autoimmune disease ask. Therefore, we will discuss Rheumatoid Arthritis and the seasonal changes.
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Despite the fickleness of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, there are many ways to determine if you have it. Our early arthritis clinic and arthritis & osteoporosis center consists of healthcare professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, as well as the development of individual treatment plans. We will discuss some of the many benefits of patient-centered diagnosis for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
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There are many famous artists in history who had Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), most notably Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alexej von Jawlensky. Both represent a great example of successfully coping with RA in former times when treatment was extremely limited. In addition, these artists took advantage of creative disease management. We will discuss these two artists who had Rheumatoid Arthritis.
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Arthritis is actually not a disease; it is a description of about 100 diseases that affect the joints and cause pain, stiffness and deformity. It is the most common cause of disability in the U.S. and has been diagnosed in over 50 million adults and 300,000 children. Although arthritis can affect anybody, it is most common in older women. There numerous benefits of early arthritis treatments, including that it can help you control symptoms before they become rare.
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