Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that is also classified as an autoimmune disorder. This means that the nervous system sends errant messages to the immune cells to attack the body’s own joint tissues.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include painful swelling, stiffness and deformities of the joints, most commonly in the hands, wrists and feet; typically, joints on both sides of the body are affected. Treatment programs usually center on medications to control the symptoms and stop or slow the progressive joint damage; exercise may also be included to help the patient retain strength and mobility.
Listed below are peer reviewed articles on rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis often affects the small joints in fingers, thumbs, and wrists. Thankfully, there are many strategies for accomplishing everyday tasks, taking pressure off the hand joints, improving hand strength, and coping with chronic pain. Read on to find out more and how working with an occupational therapist can help.
There are many treatments available to help reduce swelling and pain in the hands caused by rheumatoid arthritis. While some of these treatments can be done at home, others may require a doctor’s prescription. Hand surgery is rarely needed.
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People who have rheumatoid arthritis have a greater risk of developing other medical conditions that affect the eyes, lungs, gums, kidneys, skin, and/or bones. This page describes signs and symptoms to look out for if you have RA.