Arthritis is an inflammation of a joint which gives pain. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) occurs at any age, the most common being 40 and over.
- Women are more likely to get it than men
- Genetic Abnormality
- Cold weather
- The first symptoms are in small joints such as fingers or toes.
- Feeling unwell
- X-rays show changes in bones
- There are lots of medication to help treat Rheumatoid arthritis but sometimes have side-effects.
- Some people may have to try different ones to find the best one for them
- Painkillers may help though will need to be stronger later on.
- Exercise.Rest painful joints but stretching will help prevent joints from deformed. A physiotherapists can make a personal one.
- If needed losing weight to reduce pressure on joints
- Heat or ice to joints is a traditional treatment
- Surgery can be used when joints are deformed and medication is not working