If you’re one of the 1.5 million Americans living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you likely know the importance of medications in managing symptoms. But did you know that self-care strategies also play a significant role in the day-to-day management of RA? 

RA is a chronic autoimmune disease that mainly affects the joints in your wrists, knees, and hands. When your immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, it causes inflammation. And this inflammation can cause pain, aching, stiffness, tenderness, and swelling in and around that joint.

There is no cure for RA, but a combination of medications, physical and occupational therapy, and lifestyle strategies can help minimize joint damage, enhance physical function, and improve quality of life. 

Self-care looks different for each person. What works for you might not work for someone else, and that’s OK. There are a variety of things you can try to manage symptoms and improve your overall physical, mental, and emotional health.

How is your self-care plan for managing RA? Take this quick self-assessment to find out.