Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-lasting autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness often worsen following rest. Most commonly, the wrist and hands are involved, with the same joints typically involved on both sides of the body. The disease may also affect other parts of the body. This may result in a low red blood cell count, inflammation around the lungs, and inflammation around the heart. Fever and low energy may also be present. Often, symptoms come on gradually over weeks to months
HOW IS RHEUMATIC ARTHRITIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by an orthopaedic expert who would do an X-ray to see the damage caused to these joints and do a physical examination to.
HOW IS RHEUMATIC ARTHRITIS TREATED?
The treatment of rheumatic arthritis optimally involves a combination of patient education, rest and exercise, joint protection, medications, and occasionally surgery.Medications used in the treatment of rheumatic arthritis include NSAIDs, DMARDs, TNF alpha inhibitors, IL-6 inhibitors, T-cell activation inhibitors, B-cell depletion, JAK inhibitors, immunosuppressants, and steroids.
DID YOU KNOW?
The problem of Rheumatic Arthritis gets worse with age and those who are obese tend to suffer from it.