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8 Tips for Managing RA at Work

8 Tips for Managing RA at Work

About 1.5 million people in the United States are affected by the autoimmune disorder called rheumatoid arthritis, or RA.  If you’re one of them, you probably know all about the various types of pain-relief medications and strategies that are recommended, including taking warm baths and going for a swim to loosen up your joints. Obviously, you can’t just hop in a tub and take a therapeutic bath while you’re at work, but these proven strategies may help you manage this condition while you’re on the job.

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