Rheumatoid Arthritis

By: Sara Fox

Definition

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs.

Symtoms

  • Morning joint stiffness that lasts at least 60 minutes before going away
  • Joint pain
  • Joint swelling, commonly observed in the hands
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

Causes

  • When a persons immune system targets a persons joint linings. It can also affect other places
  • Heredity
  • Auto immune disease

Prevention

  • There is no actual way of preventing RA but if you work out and stay healthy you are more likely to have less of a chance to get it.

Statistics

2.1 million adults have RA in the United Stated.

Treatment

  • Injections
  • Rest
  • Surgery
  • Joint exercises
  • Medications

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