Strength training is good for you. It builds your muscles and helps support and protect joints that are affected by arthritis.
“I recommend [it] across the board to my RA patients,” says Marvin Smith, DPT, a physical therapist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
Make it a habit, and you could have less pain. It also helps you move better. That will allow you to do activities that may now be tricky for you.
“Your instinct may be to protect your joints by limiting your movement,...
If your doctor thinks you have this condition, she may take a biopsy (a small tissue sample) of an affected area to see if the blood vessels in the area are inflamed. For instance, your biopsy might come from an area of your skin that has a suspicious rash.