Rhumatoid Arthritis

Were you looking for information about Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rhumatoid arthritis is a common misspelling of rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints. This type of arthritis is different from others because it generally occurs in a symmetrical pattern, meaning that if one hand is affected, the other will be as well. It is also different from other forms of arthritis because it can affect other parts of the body besides the joints. Researchers estimate that about 2.1 million adults in the United States have rheumatoid arthritis.
 
While the exact cause of this condition is unknown, there are certain factors that may play a role in its development (such as genes, hormones, or a person's environment). It affects people differently; some have the condition only temporarily and it goes away without causing noticeable damage, while others have a severe form that lasts a lifetime and can lead to serious joint damage and disability. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication, and alternative therapy, to name a few.
  

(Click Rheumatoid Arthritis to learn more about this condition, including how it is diagnosed and treated. This article also offers statistics on the number of people who are affected by this disease. You can click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.) 

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