By: Sara Fox
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs.
- Morning joint stiffness that lasts at least 60 minutes before going away
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling, commonly observed in the hands
- When a persons immune system targets a persons joint linings. It can also affect other places
- Auto immune disease
- 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.
2.1 million adults have RA in the United Stated.
- Joint exercises
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