The human toll of inflammatory arthritis is staggering, with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) alone affecting an estimated 2 million people in the United States. This systemic disease predominantly affects the joints and can severely compromise the ability of patients to perform the routine tasks of daily living.
Inflammatory arthritis is usually treated with a combination of medications to relieve swelling and pain while regulating the immune system. As with osteoarthritis, joint replacement surgery should also be considered when these non-surgical methods have failed to provide lasting benefit.
If detected and treated in its early stages, the effects of inflammatory arthritis can be greatly diminished and the condition may even disappear completely. The importance of proper diagnosis, particularly in the early stages of the disease, may prevent serious, lifelong arthritic complications.
Since its inception, the Inflammatory Arthritis Center has succeeded in establishing a dedicated inflammatory arthritis clinic; formulating and populating inflammatory arthritis registries; initiating scientific studies; educating physicians; and providing excellent health care.
The Inflammatory Arthritis Clinic was established at the Center, where medical students, residents, fellows, and attending physicians treat patients affected with these disorders. Over 60 patients are treated at this weekly clinic, where they benefit from the highest quality care provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes clinicians, social workers, a radiologist, and scientists.
This free program reflects our comprehensive approach to care for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
HSS offers a number of free programs that reflect our comprehensive approach to care for people with lupus, myositis and rheumatoid arthritis.