Arthritis is a type of musculoskeletal disorder that destroys the joints, bones, muscles, cartilage, and other connective tissue. Rheumatoid arthritis is a specific form of arthritis that typically affects the hands and feet. An autoimmune disorder, it happens when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissue. Along with the joints, this can also affect other parts of the body including the skin, eyes, lungs, and blood vessels.
While this rheumatological condition can appear at any age, those over 40 have a much higher risk. Women are also more susceptible than men. If you think you might have rheumatoid arthritis, contact a specialist, such as Dr. Susan Baker in Los Angeles at (310) 274-7770.
Common Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Tender, swollen joints
- Morning stiffness
- Bumps under the skin on the arms
- Weight loss
Along with inflammation and breakdown of cartilage and bone, this condition can increase your risk for a number of other problems, including osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, heart problems, and lung disease.
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- TNF-alpha inhibitors
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
Surgery is another common treatment option. This is especially prevalent in cases where the joints have been damaged. Total joint replacement surgery replaces the damaged parts of the joint with prostheses. Tendon repair surgery fixes the damaged tendons, while joint fusion is done to stabilize or realign a damaged joint.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does diet affect my musculoskeletal disorder?
Q: What tests can be done to check?
Q: How does this affect pregnancy?
Q: What is an arthritis flare and what can I do to control it?
Contact an Arthritis Specialist Today!
Are you suffering from the pain of swollen, tender joints? Do you experience fever, fatigue, and stiffness? Contact Dr. Susan Baker today. She is board certified in both rheumatology and internal medicine and has won a variety of awards including the “Patient’s Choice Award” and the “Most Compassionate Doctor” award. Call today at (310) 274-7770 or fill out the online contact form to set up an appointment.
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