Rheumatoid Arthritis

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory arthritis. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the synovium, a layer of tissue that lines the joints, causing painful swelling and inflammation that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. RA most often affects the joints of the hands and feet, although the inflammation can also affect other parts of the body, such as the skin, eyes, and blood vessels. According to the Arthritis Foundation, RA affects 1.3 million Americans, typically between the ages of 30 and 60.The CDC reports that as of 2009, arthritis and other rheumatic conditions (AORC) were the most common cause of disability among U.S. adults and had been for the previous 15 years. Out of those, RA was among the most debilitating; accounting for 22% of deaths due to AORC. People with RA are two times more likely to die than people of the same age without RA, though advancements in technology and research are producing promising treatment options.

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis

Risk Factors For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis


Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis



Medication And Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For A Doctor