Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which cells in the immune system attack one’s body tissues, specifically the synovium. Synovium serves as a barrier that protects joints, and when it is broken down as a result of RA, fluids build up in the joint space and cause swelling.
As the disease progresses, so does the level of pain, aching, and inflammation. If treated in its early stages, it is likely that RA can be slowed to the point of remission, thus the pain and inflammation will subside. Early treatment is vital to the preservation and restoration of the joints affected by the disease. Even though RA is chronic and can never be completely cured, its progression can be slowed by seeking treatment sooner rather than later.
Due to the chronic nature of the disease, early treatment of RA produces the best possible outcome for a pain-free life and gaining back overall locomotion. As the disease progresses, your joints will lose cartilage, increasing the sensation of pain. Possible bone-on-bone contact in the joint and friction from bones scraping together will wear down the bones. Due to pain, stiffness, and swelling, you’ll lose the desire to walk. Contact Chattanooga Center for Joint Replacement and Orthopedics to start a treatment plan before the pain and the damage to your joints become severe.