What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disorder resulting from an inflammation of the membranes or tissues that line the joints, typically in the hands and feet, that generally develops in an individual between the ages of forty and sixty.
Over time, rheumatoid arthritis can destroy the cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and bone surrounding the joint. In more severe cases, it may cause organ damage.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes painful swelling, bone erosion, and potential joint deformity. It is an autoimmune disorder, meaning the body’s immune system begins to attack its own tissues, and is three times more common in women than men. Although it shares some symptoms with osteoarthritis, there are key differences as it can develop at any age and be accompanied by seemingly unrelated symptoms such as fatigue.