A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can present enormous physical and emotional challenges. A person with RA is confronted with the tasks of:
To help people better understand and cope with a diagnosis of RA, the Inflammatory Arthritis Center and Early Arthritis Initiative at HSS offer two free support and education programs for people with RA. Each of these programs is specifically designed to address the particular needs of people with RA at different phases of their journey with this illness.
These programs provide essential information from a wide range of healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists and social workers. The information provided in these workshops helps participants to make informed decisions about management and treatment of RA; offer peer support that many people find helpful in coping with the impact of the diagnosis; and create a welcoming forum in which members can share their experiences and feelings about their daily challenges with this illness, and strategies they use to cope
HSS offers a number of free programs that reflect our comprehensive approach to care for people with lupus, myositis and rheumatoid arthritis.