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Diseases > Rheumatoid Arthritis | RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic (long-term) condition that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. It is one of the most common types of inflammatory arthritis.

The disease is caused when the body’s immune system begins attacking its own joints. RA is best treated early and aggressively by a rheumatologist in order to minimize permanent, long-term joint damage.

About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Important Resources

  • Medication Adherence: If you’re not getting the most out of your treatment plan, there’s an important concept to consider called adherence, and it’s very important to maximizing your treatment success.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptom Assessor: Use our handy on-line tool to help with your next rheumatology appointment.
  • Vaccinations for RA Patients:Understand the different vaccinations that doctors may prescribe to RA patients.
  • Safety and Biologics: Biologics are a type of medication that have revolutionized the treatment of RA. This section will help you better understand the safety considerations with Anti-TNF (Biologic) medications.
  • Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis: Check out our information on making a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.  You’ll see how tricky it can be and why you really need to see a rheumatologist!

Diagnostic/Classification Criteria

Useful Links

There are lots of rheumatoid arthritis resources available on line. However, you need to be careful what you read because some of it isn’t that accurate.  We’ve highlighted a few useful links below.

  • The Arthritis Society – Rheumatoid Arthritis: Know your options – A great pamphlet created by the Arthritis Society of Canada.
  • The American College of Rheumatology – A nice article from the American College of Rheumatology
  • My Health My Future – This is a website produced by the pharmaceutical company Abbott. It does contain some really nice videos on RA and coping with chronic illness.