Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of autoimmune disorder that causes
persistent inflammation of various joints. In some people, the condition
can even affect their eyes, lungs, heart, skin, and blood vessels. The
body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissue,
such as the lining of your joints, which can cause painful swelling that
can eventually result in bone erosion and deformity of the joints. Doctors
are unsure of the exact cause of the condition, but they think genetics
is likely. While your genes may not cause the disease, they can make you
more susceptible to environmental factors that could trigger the disease.
If you think you may have developed rheumatoid arthritis, look for these signs.
Early rheumatoid arthritis generally tends to affect your smaller joints
first, particularly those in your fingers and toes. You could experience
some of the following symptoms:
- Stiffness in the joints that is usually worse in the morning or after inactivity
- Symmetrical pain experienced on both sides of the body
- Tender, warm, swollen joints
- Pain and soreness in small joints
Some serious early warning signs can also include ongoing numbness and
tingling in the hands, swollen forefoot often preventing women from wearing
high heels, locked joints that are unable to bend, sports injuries that
don’t heal properly, pain in the hell and bottom tissue of the foot,
fatigue, depression, and an overall feeling of ill health lasting for
weeks or months.
After some time, the disease will progress to other joints, such as wrists,
knees, elbows, ankles, shoulders, and hips. In many cases, symptoms will
occur in the same joints on both sides of the body. People could also
experience chronic fatigue, loss of appetite, and a low-grade fever.
In around 40% of cases, people may also experience signs and symptoms that
don’t involve the joints. For example, the condition could cause
eye dryness and pain in addition to sensitivity to light and impaired
vision. It can also cause mouth dryness, gum infections, lung inflammation,
blood vessel inflammation, and anemia. However, these symptoms can often
be mistaken for other problems, such as Sjogren’s syndrome.
Arthritis symptoms can come and go. Flare-ups of the condition can last
varying amounts of time for different people before going dormant. There
is also no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, although there are various methods
used to treat it. Physicians use medications, surgery, and daily routine
and lifestyle changes to reduce the chance of triggering a flare-up and
sustaining damage to the joints.
Keeping physically active and eating healthy can help treat RA symptoms
in addition to the right combination of medicines. An
excellent Aberdeen physical therapist can help you create a safe, effective daily workout routine that will
keep your joints flexible without triggering arthritis pain. Our physicians
here at ProFysio Physical Therapy can help you manage your pain, so you
can live your life without limited mobility. ProFysio is a premier provider
of physical rehabilitation in New Jersey. We are also the only fellowship
trained therapists in Monmouth County. Our team provides each patient
with individualized, compassionate care tailored to meet their specific
needs and goals. Let us see what we can do for you. Call us at (732) 333-6360 or
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