Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a debilitating condition that affects mainly the elderly. The sad part about it is that it affects mostly their active lives, rendering them a sedentary, boring life. It affects their golf game to their homes’ essential activities, such as going up a flight of stairs. Understanding what Rheumatoid Arthritis is, it’s symptoms, and causes are the first step towards managing the disease and keeping pain at bay.
By definition, Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory auto-immune disease that tends to affect the joints in your hand, wrists and feet. Unlike osteoarthritis characterized by wear and tear, it tends to affect the joint linings, which ultimately leads to painful swellings. Such swellings eventually lead to joint deformity and bone erosion. In severe cases, some appendages will begin to assume deformed shapes, notably the fingers and toes.
This article shines a light on what you need to know about Rheumatoid Arthritis and it’s symptoms and causes. But before that, let’s first look at the risk factors.
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