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Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Arthritis affects more than 5.0 million adults in California

Rheumatoid arthritis, a specific form of arthritis, affects 1.3 million adults in the US   

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease, is a form of inflammatory arthritis. RA occurs when the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis generally occurs in a symmetrical pattern, meaning that if one knee or hand is involved, the other one is also. The disease often affects the wrist joints and the finger joints closest to the hand and can also affect other parts of the body besides the joints.

There are evidence-based self-management education and physical activity programs that are effective and safe for people with arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides program recommendations for people with arthritis. In California, CAPP is implementing the following self-management and physical activity programs:


Physical Activity Programs

    • Walk with Ease – Group Program
    • Walk with Ease – Self Led Program
    • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Self-Management Education Programs

    • Healthier Living - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
    • Tomando Control de su Salud Program (Spanish CDSMP)
    • Arthritis Self-Management Program (ASMP)
    • Programa de Manejo Personal de la Artritis (Spanish ASMP)
Last modified on: 10/23/2012 10:15 AM