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Free app to help treat arthritis

Published 22/09/2015 | 02:30

Arthritis - an app is now available for sufferers
Arthritis - an app is now available for sufferers

The first free app has been developed by Irish doctors to help people living with arthritis in Ireland.

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The app, called RAISE, for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been developed by St James's Hospital rheumatology unit in conjunction with Arthritis Ireland.

RAISE aims to help users learn techniques from simple video exercises and record progress to share with their doctor during consultations.

In Ireland, 40,000 people are living with RA and 70pc of them are women.

The RAISE app, available for free on both iOS and Android platforms, incorporates a range of key features, including:

* progress monitor / activity tracker - this allows the user to record pain and activity levels each week;

* information on symptoms, the condition and treatment options associated with RA;

* tips and advice on ways to manage the condition, flare-ups and fatigue, through regular exercise, better diet and lifestyle.

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