Rheumatoid Arthritis (Arthritis)

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Arthritis is joint pain or joint disease that causes inflammation (pain and swelling). There are many types of arthritis, but the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, which surrounds all parts of the joint. Eventually, rheumatoid arthritis can destroy cartilage and bone within the joint. It can also damage internal organs, eyes, and other parts of the body.

Rheumatoid arthritis is common in the wrist and fingers but can affect other joints and other parts of the body. It usually affects both sides of the body. Doctor’s don’t know what causes rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis?

Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Redness and warmth

Symptoms that affect the whole body include:

  • Being tired
  • Aching muscles
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling like you have a mild flu

 

What are the treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Our pain management doctors will use the best treatment to relieve your pain — so you can stop hurting and get back to your normal lifestyle.
Treatments for Rheumatoid arthritis available at the Interventional Pain Management Center are:

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