An estimated 1.3 million Americans are
living with RA. RA is a result of the immune system
attacking joint tissue, causing painful chronic inflammation
and irreversible destruction of cartilage, tendons and
bones, which often results in disability.
The symptoms most commonly associated with
RA include inflammation of the joints, swelling, fatigue,
stiffness and pain. Additionally, since RA is a systemic
disease, it can affect other tissues such as the lungs and
The widespread nature of RA symptoms can
make even the idea volunteering seem challenging and
overwhelming. While there is no cure for RA, treatments
focus on relieving pain and reducing inflammation, improving
overall function and well-being, and slowing joint damage.
Treatment may include a combination of drugs, exercise,
rest, joint protection and physical and occupational
To learn more about what resources are
available to you to help you better manage your RA, visit www.RISEsupport.com.