Early de­tec­tion of rheuma­toid arthri­tis

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Rheuma­toid arthri­tis (RA) is a chronic dis­ease, which be­gins as a nor­mal pain in smaller joints, grad­u­ally af­fects the rest of the body if not treated early. Dr Amit Sharma, con­sul­tant Rheuma­tol­o­gist, For­tis Es­corts Hos­pi­tal, Jaipur, says, “RA is an au­toim­mune dis­ease that causes chronic in­flam­ma­tion of the joints and other ar­eas of the body.” If the pain and in­flam­ma­tion in small joints per­sists for a few weeks and is as­so­ci­ated with morn­ing stiff­ness last­ing over 30 min­utes to one hour, there is a high prob­a­bil­ity that the pa­tient is har­bour­ing rheuma­toid arthri­tis. RA is not just an ill­ness of the joints; it can af­fect other or­gans of the body. “There is no cure for RA but med­i­ca­tion can re­duce joint in­flam­ma­tion, re­lieve pain and slow or pre­vent the joint dam­age. There are spe­cific medicines to man­age rheuma­toid arthri­tis”, adds Sharma. Oc­cu­pa­tional and phys­i­cal ther­apy can help pro­tect joints from fur­ther dam­age. Cer­tain ex­er­cises can keep your joints flex­i­ble. If this dis­ease is left to worsen for long, treat­ment gets in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult, so catch­ing this dis­ease young is the right way to avert this sit­u­a­tion.

DIS­CLAIMER: The ve­rac­ity of any health claim made in the above ar­ti­cle is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the con­cerned hos­pi­tal/doc­tor.

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