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)Other similar posts