Rheumatoid Arthritis – Overview

By Jon Stiffler, PTA, Spine Center Coordinator

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Overview

Overview: Unlike osteoarthritis, which is caused by mechanical wear and tear on joints, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is considered an autoimmune disorder which causes the immune system to attack and inflict damage on itself by mistake. This condition damages the lining of the joints, which causes painful swelling that can ultimately result in joint deformity and bone erosion. Read how osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ here. While RA can affect any joint, the small joints in the hands and feet are most commonly affected. If you would like to read more about how the knee is affected by arthritis. Additionally, Rheumatoid Arthritis typically affects the joints in a symmetrical pattern. If one knee is affected, the other one usually is too.

Rheumatoid Arthritis


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