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Rheumatoid & psoriatic arthritis

Rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis are forms of arthritis called "inflammatory arthritis". In both of these conditions, the body mistakenly uses its immune system to attack the area between the joints. This can damage the joints and causes joint pain and loss of joint function. Rheumatoid arthritis is often called RA.

To learn more about inflammatory arthritis see Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis brochures from Arthritis New Zealand.

Do I have rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis?

The symptoms of inflammatory arthritis are:

However, these symptoms can also occur in other forms of arthritis and other diseases. If you have any of the above symptoms, or you are worried about your health, make an appointment with your general practice team.

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Inflammatory arthritis tests & diagnosis

Living with inflammatory arthritis

Medications for inflammatory arthritis

More information about rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis

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