Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term, progressive & chronic auto-immune disorder that can affect more than just your joints. It causes swelling, inflammation & pain in the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees & ankles, also other body organs as well including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. It usually involves the same joints on both sides of the body or symmetrical.

This occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in loss of cartilage, and the joint spacing between bones can become smaller. Joints can become loose, painful, unstable & can lose their mobility.

 

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include:

  • Tender, warm, swollen joints
  • Pain, swelling, and stiffness in more than one joint
  • Symmetrical joint involvement
  • Fatigue, fever and loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of function and mobility
  • Joint stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Unsteadiness when walking

However some people who have rheumatoid arthritis also experience signs and symptoms that don’t involve the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect many non-joint structures, including:

  • Eyes
  • Skin
  • Kidneys
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Bone marrow
  • Salivary glands
  • Blood vessels
  • Nerve tissue

Causes

  • Genetic
  • Age
  • Environment
  • Gender (mostly women)
  • Obesity
  • Smoking

 

Physical Therapy at SOS PHYSIO

Physical therapy at SOS PHYSIO will help keep your joints flexible. Our physical therapist may also suggest new ways to do daily tasks, which will be easier on your joints.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic

 

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