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The most common form of Rheumatic Arthritis is osteoarthritis that affects the joints and muscles. Pain, swelling and stiffness of joints are experienced by patients due to damage to the cartilage. Knees, hips, fingers and feet are some of the areas of the body that are most commonly affected by rheumatic arthritis.
HOW IS RHEUMATIC ARTHRITIS DIAGNOSED?
Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages because the early signs and symptoms mimic those of many other diseases. There is no one blood test or physical finding to confirm the diagnosis. X-rays of the hands and feet are generally performed in people with many joints affected. Other medical imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound are also used in RA. The most common tests for ACPAs are the anti-CCP (cyclic citrullinated peptide) test and the Anti-MCV assay (antibodies against mutated citrullinated Vimentin). Recently a serological point-of-care test (POCT) for the early detection of RA has been developed.
HOW IS RHEUMATIC ARTHRITIS TREATED?
In addition to medications to help relieve pain, exercise, healthy diet and rest would be prescribed and advised to patients with rheumatic arthritis.
DID YOU KNOW?
There are different types of arthritis but osteoarthritis is the most common form of this disorder and the risk of this contracting this disorder increases with age.