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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis ,(RA), is a type of arthritis with no known cause or cure. It

is the inflammation of the membrane lining the joints and tendons. The definition of

Rheumatoid arthritis, as given by the Yahoo Health Centre, a chronic inflammatory

disease that primarily affects the joints and surrounding tissues, but can also affect

other organ systems. Arthritis is so common that most older adults consider it

inevitable. The results of rheumatoid arthritis are pain, swelling, stiffness and bone

dislocation. It is also been called the "great Crippler , (Hollander, pg.409). There is no

cure for arthritis and most people that suffer from it will have their good days and

their bad days. Rheumatoid arthritis is not linked with age, but most elderly people do

eventually get affected by this disease. There are many risk factors for arthritis, such

as: obesity, gender, smoking and stress on joints. Women are two times more likely

to receive arthritis as men. There is no cure for arthritis, but there are many

First, to relieve the suffering of rheumatoid arthritis patients, there are many

options. There are drug- free methods, such as heat or cold packs, proper

positioning and the use of splints.( Hollander, pg.410). There are also treatments in

the therapeutic field, including, acupuncture or transcutaneous electrical nerve

stimulation (TENS). (Hollander, pg.410). Also, patients can receive narcotics and

relaxants, if their case is severe enough. The most common drug to treat joint

inflammation is the trusted, easily accessible, aspirin. Rest is necessary, but too

much of it can lead to weakness, muscle atrophy and restricted motion of joints.

Patients are encouraged to change their body position frequently, preferably every

two hours. Also, initiating aggressive therapy with disease- modifying anti- rheumatic

drugs (DMARDs), when the diagnosis is actually confir

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