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, fuids 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 affect 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.
Common Symptoms and Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Swelling in the join and areas around the joint
- Decreased range of motion
- Stiffness and pain
- Joint feels warm to the touch and internally aggravated
- Joints on both sides of the body are commonly affected
- Raised areas on or around the joint
When should you come to CSMO for treatment?
- If you experience pain for more than two weeks.
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 Sports Medicine & Orthopedics to start a treatment plan before the pain and the damage to your joints becomes severe.