Rheumatology Resources

If you're looking for general information about rheumatologic conditions, including treatment options and support, the following links may be helpful.

Note: These links are provided for reference and informational purposes only and do not constitute any form of endorsement by Avella.

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Arthritis Foundation

Living with arthritis can be challenging both emotionally and physically on a daily basis. The pain and symptoms associated with this condition have an impact on an individual’s career, hobbies, home life and friendships. As the largest nonprofit dedicated solely to arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation is committed to addressing the unique issues of arthritis sufferers. Its website has resources for patients of all ages and diagnoses that can help people maintain their independence and emotional well-being.

The Arthritis Foundation also publishes newsletters, funds research and advocates publicly for those living with this condition.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Our goal is simple. We want RA patients to know their options and fully understand their diagnosis. You can take steps, right now, to improve symptoms and your quality of life.

Our team is committed to providing information and resources for patients with RA and individuals who are experiencing arthritis-like symptoms. We want to help you get the best care possible.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) 

NIAMS has a strong passion for research, and everything they do supports funding efforts to find the causes, treatment and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases. This includes sharing knowledge online and in person, spreading awareness of research progress, training clinical scientists and lobbying Congress.

The organization’s website has information about the latest research and upcoming political activities related to these diseases as well as information about living with these conditions.  

American College of Rheumatology 

The American College of Rheumatology is an organization that promotes education and research. The 9,400 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals in the organization receive resources through their membership that advance clinical studies, advocacy and practice efforts to teach best practices in rheumatology. The website also has resources for patients including publications, links to contact local congressional leaders for funding and more.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Life Guide

The symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis can be extremely difficult to manage, even when medication alleviates some of the joint pain and swelling associated with this condition. The Rheumatoid Arthritis Life Guide was created by people who live with the disease and clinicians who treat these patients. These individuals have contributed valuable guidance, advice and information.

This website is both an online support community and a platform for individuals to educate themselves on living with R.A. The helpful articles encompass topics like general treatment, living a healthy lifestyle and tips from doctors and other experts. There is even a section where R.A. patients share videos of themselves and tell their stories, demonstrating that they can still lead a normal, fulfilling life in spite of this diagnosis.