Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis


Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation to smaller joints in the hands and feet. This particular form of arthritis affects the lining of joints, which can result in bone erosion and joint deformity overtime.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes

Inflammation and pain from this condition occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s tissues, specifically the synovium that surrounds the joints. Genetic and environmental factors are considered potential causes, in addition to infections from certain bacteria or viruses.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect smaller joints, including the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. Signs or symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

  • Tender or swollen joints
  • Pain or stiffness that is worse in the mornings
  • Hard nodules under the skin on your arms
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments

Although there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, certain treatments may reduce inflammation and pain associated with the disease. Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis may include:

The first step in treating your pain is to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms. Based on your diagnosis, you and your doctor can determine your best treatment options. At The Pain Center, we offer traditional and state-of-the-art therapies to treat your pain and help get you back to your normal activities.

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