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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 confi


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