What Is the Prognosis for Reactive Arthritis?

Prognosis Following Treatment for Reactive Arthritis

Most people with reactive arthritis recover fully from the initial flare of symptoms and are able to return to regular activities two to six months after the first reactive arthritis symptoms appear. In such cases, the symptoms of arthritis may last up to 12 months, although these are usually very mild and do not interfere with daily activities.
Approximately 20 percent of people with reactive arthritis will have chronic (long-term) arthritis. While the symptoms are most often mild, a number of people will continue to have significant joint symptoms that cause them either to not be able to work or to have no choice but to switch jobs. Chronic heel pain is often a particularly distressing symptom.
Studies show that between 15 and 50 percent of patients will develop symptoms again after the initial flare has disappeared. Such relapses may be due to reinfection. Back pain and arthritis are the symptoms that most commonly reappear.
Anyone with a history of reactive arthritis should practice safer sex. This is to decrease the chances for a reoccurrence.
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