Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium, a thin membrane that lines the joint. It causes chronic inflammation that leads to pain, swelling, and stiffness. eventually, bones and joint can be damaged, leading to disability.
Rheumatoid arthritis is two to three times more common in women than in men and generally occurs between the ages of 40 and 60. While there’s no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, treatment options have expanded greatly in the past few decades.
There is no cure for RA, but taking medication and making lifestyle changes can help you manage the disease. Alternative and complementary therapies can also help relieve symptoms, but only conventional medications can halt the progression of the disease and stop further joint damage. In some cases, medications can help put RA into remission and symptoms may disappear completely.