What is the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
There is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis. To date, the goal of treatment in rheumatoid arthritis is
- to reduce joint inflammation and pain,
- maximize joint function, and
- prevent joint destruction and deformity.
What is rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of inflammatory arthritis. RA disease is characterized by chronic joint inflammation (in the fingers, hands, knees, feet, for example). RA may also be called rheumatoid disease because at times rheumatoid arthritis causes systemic illness that impacts many organs of the body.
What are early signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and what areas of the body are affected?
While early RA symptoms can be mimicked by other diseases, the symptoms and signs are very characteristic of rheumatoid disease. The 15 early rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and signs discussed in this article include the following:
Reviewed on 1/19/2017
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