Anti aging guide

Rheumatoid arthritis



How can rheumatoid arthritis affect our joint at any time of life, from childhood to old age?

Rheumatoid arthritis is less common but it maybe more severe and has a tendency to be more crippling than other forms of arthritic pathology. It can affect any joint, but involvement of the joints of the arms and hands make it very effective in stripping a patient of his independence. In this condition the joint-lining membrane goes berserk and rapidly overgrows, extending into and eroding the surrounding cartilage and bone. The disease may arise at any time of life, from childhood to old age. However, the elderly will account for many cases as there are by this stage in life those who have struggled with the disease for many years as well as new cases arising in old age. Initial treatment concentrates on suppressing pain. Physiotherapy will attempt to preserve maximum function. More potent forms of medication, such as steroids, gold, and penicillamine, are used in severe forms only, as the side-effects of these preparations can be severe. In some cases, surgical intervention may be required.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - May 10, 2012 at 3:54 pm