Without treatment, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can manifest in one of four ways.1,2
Knowing this, however, doesn’t mean that we can predict how RA will progress in any one patient.1
But what is certain is that for the most part, RA progresses on the scale of months to years. In this context, treatments have aimed at keeping the symptoms under control for as long as possible.3
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References: 1. UpToDate. Patients information: Rheumatoid arthritis treatment (beyond the basics). Available at http://www.uptodate.com. Accessed on May 05, 2016. 2. Masi AT, et al. Am J Med 1983;75(6):16-26. 3. Singh JA, et al. Arthritis Care Res 2015;68(1):1-25.