Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes joint damage and pain. With RA, the immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing swelling that results in chronic pain, loss of function and deformed joints. RA most often affects the smaller joints in the hands and feet, which can make everyday tasks difficult to perform. Over 1 million adult Americans are living with RA and women are two- to three-times more likely to be diagnosed. While there is no cure for RA, there are many medications that can reduce the pain and inflammation of joints, and some of these medications may help slow the progression of the disease.