Rheumatoid Arthritis: Overview

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that causes joint pain and swelling. It primarily involves swelling, or inflammation, of the lining of the joints but can also involve internal organs such as the eyes, lungs and heart.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, which means it lasts a long time. Many people with RA note that their arthritis symptoms change over time. At times, people with RA will notice their disease is more active and at others they will notice their disease is less active. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for the prevention of many of the complications of RA.


This information has been approved by Marc Cohen, MD (April 2008).

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Denver's Largest Warm Water Pool

National Jewish Health offers an Arthritis Foundation approved shallow water exercise class and a deep-water aerobics class. The shallow water class helps relieve arthritis pain and stiffness. It is also a good class for people with lung problems, muscle weakness, or pain. Non-swimmers are welcome. Participants are led through a series of exercises to improve joint flexibility with the aid of the water's buoyancy and resistance. The pool is kept between 92 and 94 degrees. It also has a supply of oxygen tanks and tubing for participants.

Call 303-398-1336 for more information.



Rheumatology Program

Many new therapies for inflammatory rheumatologic diseases have been made available, and we are focused on finding the best therapeutic program for every patient. 

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