Nancy Ann Shadick MD MPH


Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Exercise can reduce pain and improve function in people who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Also, exercise may help prevent the buildup of scar tissue, which can lead to weakness and stiffness. Exercise for arthritis takes three forms: stretching, strengthening, and conditioning. Stretching involves moving joint and…

Arthritis: Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Covers creating and following a plan to help manage symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Discusses early treatment with exercise and medicine to limit joint damage. Includes tips for coping with chronic joint pain, fatigue, and stiffness.

X-Ray of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Feet

Figure 1 courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. Figure 2 courtesy of Paul Traughber, M.D., Boise, Idaho. The X-ray on the left shows a normal foot. The X-ray on the right shows a foot with advanced rheumatoid arthritis. Cartilage and bone are worn away, and the bones of the toes have moved out of their…

X-Ray of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Hands

Figure 1 courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. Figure 2 courtesy of Paul Traughber, M.D., Boise, Idaho. The X-ray on the left shows a normal hand. The X-ray on the right shows a hand with advanced rheumatoid arthritis. “Bone erosion” means cartilage and bone are worn away. “Bone displacement” means…

Rheumatoid Nodules

Rheumatoid nodules are small bumps under the skin, located in pressure point areas such as the elbow, back of the hand, or back of the heel. These bumps may be as small as a grain of rice or as large as a golf ball. But they are usually not painful, and they tend to come and go. Your doctor may remove rheumatoid nodules…