Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects 1.3 million Americans; women three times more often than men. A disorder of the small joints in the hands and wrists, ankles and feet, RA is currently incurable.

Unlike osteoarthritis, a joint disorder caused by “wear and tear,” RA is primarily the result of inflammation of the synovial membrane, a soft tissue found on the inner layer of affected joints. The condition produces fluid build-up and swelling that results in pain, bone erosion, joint deformity and disability. (from UCSD health sciences -link)

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