Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. It is reasonable to try home
treatment for mild joint pain and stiffness. If there is no improvement after 6
weeks, or if any other symptoms are present, call your doctor.
Early treatment can slow and sometimes prevent significant joint damage.
So if you have symptoms similar to rheumatoid arthritis, see
your doctor to find out if you have rheumatoid arthritis.
Early diagnosis and treatment allows for possible reduction of joint pain,
slows joint destruction, and reduces the chance of permanent disability.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 29, 2014
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