Rheumatoid arthritis is a systematic autoimmune inflammatory disease and results in persistent inflammation of synovial tissue especially of the wrists, hands and feet. Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis are 8 times more likely to have functional disability compared with adults in the general population from the same community.
Although the chances of women suffering from rheumatoid arthritis is higher than men, anyone can suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis onset is usually in middle age, it is most common in the elderly. However, children and young people may also suffer from the disease.
Common sign & symptoms:
Thus, it can causes dramatic interference with quality of life if early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are not obtained.
At the present, there is no therapy that can completely heal RA. But there are treatments that achieve pain relief and the slowdown of the activity of RA to prevent disability and increase functional capacity.
Sources obtained from: Pubmed, Physiopedia, Pedro, Gene G. Hunder: Atlas of Rheumatology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and wilkins , Inc ; 2002
Alan Hakim, Gavin Clunie: Oxford handbook of Rheumatology. London: University Press; 2002
Prof. Dr. L. Verbruggen. Cursus: Reumatologie. VUB 2011