Today we’re going to be listing some of the best rheumatoid arthritis apps that have been designed to help RA patients manage their condition better using smartphones.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, RA for short, is a diseases that affects your bones and joints, causing chronic inflammation, which consequently results in extreme joint pain, swelling of joints, deformities and bone erosion.
This is a condition synonymous with severe discomfort, accompanied by debilitating stiffness, fatigue, pain and general weakness. The apps that we’re listing here are very useful in managing these issues, tracking a patient’s condition and even providing tips, advice and exercises that can be helpful in alleviating the pain. Let’s start.
MyRA makes it a lot simpler to track your rheumatoid arthritis, its symptoms and your condition. Since RA is a dynamic disease, patients need tracking to help their doctors diagnose their condition better and assess how the disease has changed over time so they can recommend treatments.
The app’s plus point is its visual interface, which is very helpful for people who don’t want to write journals or maintain spreadsheets about their RA. You can rate your difficulty or ease when performing certain activities and mark parts of your body to track joints where you experience pain over the course of days and even months.
The only drawback is that the app doesn’t let you mark joint pain or pain in the back and only gives an interface for the front. Regardless though, for an RA app that costs nothing, MyRA is a no brainer.
Another great RA tracking app, RheumaTrack presents a visual interface that allows patients to log pain areas and joints and set reminders for medication. You can also log activities and the ease or difficulty with which you perform them.
Pain sensation logging is also a feature and you can export all this data into a CSV file or save it via email. This also means sharing your RA data with your doctor is a breeze and since this is a free app, it’s worth a download.
RheumaHelper is an app for rheumatologists, or doctors who deal with RA patients. It includes info on multiple related conditions and classifications. Additionally it also includes multiple disease activity calculators including the DAS28 for RA.
Whether you’re a doctor or a curious patient wanting to learn more about rheumatoid arthritis, this is a great free app for you.
#4. Track + React
Track + React is another RA tracking app that helps you maintain a log of your arthritis pain and how it is affected by various activities, eating, sleeping, exercise and any other habits.
This data is then used to generate graphs that can be used to study trends and share your condition logs with your doctor.
Again this is a free app and worth a try for RA patients who want to make their activity and pain logs hassle free.
#5. My Pain Diary
My Pain Diary is not a free app, it costs $5, but has a lot of pain management features not available in other apps.
Firstly it logs multiple conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, and creates a color-coded output for easy reading.
You get to log all instances of pain and also supplement your descriptions with any photos of affected areas. Another good feature is the ability to edit pain descriptions to use your doctor’s scale for pain.
All logs are printable and shareable with your doctor, but you can also mark logs as private, so they are only for your reference and not shared in the general output.
Finally, any entry you make automatically includes weather data – ranging from the temperature to humidity and pressure readings.
All in all, whether you suffer from RA or multiple conditions, this is a great app for proper pain management logging and data sharing with your health care provider.
This is all for now, we hope you guys find this list of the best rheumatoid arthritis apps useful. The main feature RA patients require is pain logging and management along with information about activities and triggers that can be presented to their doctors for better diagnosis and treatment.
While most patients used to do this manually via maintaining journals, these apps have made it much easier to track symptoms and pain, and provide outputs that are doctor-friendly and professionally reliable. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for RA apps, please comment below.