Rheumatoid arthritis …ever wondered what exactly this disease is? If you answered yes, you’re not alone.
Rheumatoid arthritis, otherwise known as RA, is one of the most common types of arthritis. The disease causes inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues, and can also affect other organs.
While we don’t know the exact cause of RA, we do know that it is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. As a result of the attack, fluids build up in the joints causing pain and inflammation.
The symptoms of RA vary from person to person. You might notice a decreased range of motion, as well as inflammation, swelling and pain. The long-term affects can cause serious damage to cartilage, tendons and ligaments. And it can even wear away the ends of your bones.
As of today, there is no cure for Rheumatoid arthritis – it’s a chronic disease that attacks people of all ages. Evidence shows that early diagnosis and aggressive treatment to put the disease into remission is the best means of avoiding joint destruction, organ damage and disability. For tips on living better with Rheumatoid arthritis, be sure to check out The Arthritis Foundation.
Even if you don’t have arthritis, you can still join the fight against the disease. Mark your calendars now for Healing Hands for Arthritis on October 12th. All Massage Envy clinics across the nation will be donating $10 from every massage and facial to the Arthritis Foundation.
There’s no better way to give back. Make your appointment today and help us find a cure for the millions of Americans who suffer from arthritis.