What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic, progressive, systemic inflammatory autoimmune disease in which joints are the primary target.
What are the other symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
The classic presentation of Rheumatoid Arthritis involves pain and swelling to small joints on both sides of the body particularly involving the hands and feet. If left untreated this can result in joint deformity and decrease range of motion or function.
How is Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosed?
A proper diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis requires a careful history and physical exam, as well as x-rays and labs to confirm the diagnosis. Symptoms usually start in the 30s or 40s and affects women 3 times more than men.