User's Manual: Joints

10 Ways to Protect Your Joints From Damage

If you have rheumatoid or another type of arthritis, take small daily steps to protect joints.

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Healthy living with RA

by Amanda Gardner

Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive autoimmune condition that can damage joints over time. Treatment helps, but there are simple techniques you can use in everyday life to take pressure off joints and help prevent long-term damage.

“People don’t have to be struggling,” says April Davis, an occupational therapist at NYU Langone’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care in New York City. “It’s just a matter of changing how they do things.”

Here are small changes that could bring big gains in long-term joint protection.

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