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.