8 Types of RA Treatment

The Components of RA Treatment

The key to treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is slowing disease progression and preventing joint damage. Even if your RA is mild, the sooner you start treatment, the better. Working with a rheumatologist will allow you to find the best treatment for your RA.

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