The HSS Early Arthritis Initiative (EAI), a division of the Inflammatory Arthritis Center, was established to: 1) promote the early identification and treatment of arthritis, 2) support research efforts to determine more effective treatment and prevention strategies for arthritis, and 3) provide essential support and education for people with a new diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis.
Recent research has shown that early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis can dramatically change the course of the disease. Patients who wait too long to be evaluated and treated may miss out on a narrow window of opportunity to prevent unnecessary destruction of their joints. It is integral to our mission to raise public awareness about the benefits of early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, through outreach and community education.
Treatments may include medication for inflammation, medication to prevent joint damage, referrals for exercise and physical therapy, and/or advice about nutrition and supplements. Patients also have the opportunity to learn about what is going on in the world of rheumatology research that could potentially improve their care.
The EAI also offers innovative support and education programs and lectures for people facing a new diagnosis. These programs help people learn how to best manage the physical and emotional impact of the illness, both from healthcare providers with expertise in RA, and peers who are facing similar issues.
Learn more about The Early RA Support and Education Program