Living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) means more than dealing with pain. Between medications, doctor’s appointments, and lifestyle changes — all of which likely vary from one month to the next — there’s a lot to manage.
A great app may be able to help. Healthline chose the year’s best RA apps for their reliability, excellent content, and great user ratings. Download one to track your symptoms, learn about current research, and better manage your condition for a happier, healthier life.
iPhone rating: 4.8 stars
Android rating: 4.5 stars
This mobile rheumatology assistant was created specifically for rheumatologists. With a comprehensive toolbox of disease activity calculators and classification criteria, it’s a useful reference tool.
iPhone rating: 4.5 stars
Android rating: 4.1 stars
Get the emotional support you need from people who personally understand life with RA. This app by myRAteam connects you to a social network and support group for those living with this condition. Share and find insights into treatment, therapies, your diagnosis, and experiences, and connect with a supportive and understanding community.
iPhone rating: 5 stars
Android rating: 4.6 stars
Ever struggle with remembering your symptoms so you can share specifics with your doctor? The Cliexa-RA app translates your symptoms and disease activity to a scientific model so your doctor can help you get the best treatment possible.
Android rating: 3.9 stars
Track a variety of data relating to your daily health and lifestyle with HealthLog. You can log things like mood, sleep, workouts, exercises, blood pressure, hydration, and more. Look for patterns in the graph display, which can be switched between one-, three-, six-, and nine months, as well as one year.
iPhone rating: 3.9 stars
Android rating: 3.8 stars
myVectra was designed for people living with rheumatoid arthritis. It’s a tool to help you track all aspects of the condition, create visual snapshots of your logged data, and communicate with your healthcare team. RA symptoms can change dramatically month to month, and myVectra’s visual summary reports offer valuable insights into how you’re doing and how things have changed.
iPhone rating: 4.1 stars
Android rating: 4.2 stars
My Pain Diary lets you track chronic pain symptoms and triggers to create detailed reports for your healthcare team. Smart features like automatic weather tracking and reminders make it easy to create new entries for comprehensive insights into your condition. Plus, the app can be customized to suit your needs specifically.
iPhone rating: 4.4 stars
Android rating: 4.4 stars
RA often means managing debilitating pain, and finding emotional support can be important. Reachout is one of the fastest-growing health support apps, connecting you to chronic pain support groups and serving as a useful diary. Exchange information about therapies and treatments with people who understand the realities of chronic pain.
Android rating: 4.1 stars
DAS28 is a disease activity score calculator for rheumatoid arthritis. The app calculates a score using a formula that includes the number of tender and swollen joints, making it useful for assessing patients and candidates for clinical trials.
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