Have you got the S Factor?

  • Stiffness - Early morning joint stiffness lasting more than 30 minutes
  • Swelling - Persistent swelling of one joint or more, especially hand joints
  • Squeezing - Squeezing the joints is painful in inflammatory arthritis

If you have any of the 3 ”S” symptoms then seek help from your doctor, don’t delay1. Please look at the “S” Factor poster that highlights these symptoms which might possibly relate to either rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis, the three most common forms of inflammatory arthritis,

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment: the earlier the better to prevent joint damage

The treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has undergone major advances in recent years. There is a very early window of opportunity for the best results from treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of treatment of RA is to try to completely control the condition.  When treatment is started early the patient has a better chance of being able to lead a fully active life than when treatment is delayed. There are currently a wide range of treatment options that are available to patients. Anyone that suspects they may be developing RA should see their doctor as soon as possible2.

  1. http://www.rheumatology.org.uk/about_bsr/press_releases/bsr_archive/bsr_news_archive/nras_s_factor_awareness_campaign.aspx
  2. http://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/1/Suppl_1/e000057.full

By Dr Helen Harris
Consultant Rheumatologist
Spire Murrayfield Hospital


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