Doctor’s advice: What is rheumatoid arthritis?

Early treatment will give better long term results

Dr Lalitha Badul

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis. It is caused when the immune system (the body’s defence system) is not working properly.

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RA is a chronic disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased movement of the joints.
Small joints in the hands and feet are most commonly affected.

RA is diagnosed by examining blood test results, examining the joints and organs, and reviewing x-ray or ultrasound images.

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There is no one test to diagnose RA. Treatments for RA can stop joint pain and swelling. Treatment also prevents joint damage.

Early treatment will give better long term results. Regular exercises, such as walking, and exercises can increase muscle strength.

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This will improve your overall health and lower pressure on your joints.

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