10 Tips for Traveling with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Proper Planning Makes for Healthy Travel

Take a few minutes to imagine your perfect getaway. Are you lying on a beach with a book, studying the culture of an ancient city, or having an exotic adventure? Your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) shouldn’t hold you back from your dream vacation. Advance planning can keep your trip healthy and safe.


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