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Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common forms of chronic inflammatory rheumatism collectively known as ” arthritis . ”
It causes inflammation of multiple joints at once, causing them to swell, become painful and are limited in their range of motion. These joints may become deformed over time. In the majority of patients, rheumatoid arthritis primarily affects the hands, wrists, knees and small joints of the feet. Over time, sometimes early in the disease, shoulders, elbows, neck, jaw, hips and ankles can also be affected.
The course of rheumatoid arthritis is unpredictable. In many cases, it evolves in spurts, interspersed with periods when symptoms improve or disappear temporarily. Generally, the disease tends to worsen, and damage to reach more and more joints. If not treated properly, arthritis can become very disabling. Read the rest of this entry »