Often regarded as the most serious and disabling of all forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory arthritis when the body attacks the tissue that lines around the joints called synovium, causing the joint lining becomes inflamed. This is often regarded as autoimmune disease that occurs when the body mistakenly attacked by its own immune system. The most common part affected are hands, wrists, and knees. Since it is triggered by autoimmune reaction, the inflammation can spread to surrounding tissues like tendons, ligaments and cartilage and eventually it results in the damage in bone and cartilage. In serious case, it can lead to loss in mobility, and even affect the skin, eyes and nerves.
It is not known what causes RA. However, it is thought that RA may be genetically inherited, and certain infections and environmental factors may trigger the development of RA.
Who are likely to get the condition?
The importance of early treatment
There is no cure for RA, therefore it is very importance in taking the early action. There are resources, treatments available that can help you to cope with it effectively.
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