Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the healthy tissue that lines joints. RA can be very painful and limiting and is one of the most common types of arthritis, affecting over 1.3 million people in the USA.
Signs and Symptoms Include:
- Tender, warm, swollen joints
- General fatigue and ocassional fevers
- Pain and stiffness lasting more than 30 minutes after waking up
- Commonly affected joints are in the wrists and hands
There is currently no cure for RA; early diagnosis and treatment are key to managing this condition. Doctors use a variety of methods to treat RA. This may include medicine, exercise, rest, joint protection, physical and occupational therapy and even surgery.
For more information check out the Learn About Arthritis section of our website.
For a listing of classes in your area visit: http://www.moarthritis.org/classes.html#tp