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Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

It is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet.

What causes rheumatoid arthritis?

It occurs when the immune system attacks the lining of the joints causing inflammation and joint damage. The reason for this attack by the immune system is not well understood but it is reported that genetics, hormones, emotional distress, infection and environmental trigger may play a role. It is more common in people who smoke or have a history of the disease.

Can physiotherapy help people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes. Physiotherapy treatments are effective and may help ease your and reduce the impact of the condition on your daily activities.

What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

  • Joint pain and swelling in the fingers, wrists or the balls of your feet

  • Morning stiffness lasting over 30 minutes

  • Fatigue, depression, irritability

  • Anaemia

  • Feeling generally ill, feeling hot and sweating

  • Rheumatoid nodules – they are fleshy lumps below the elbows or on hands and feet

  • Weight loss

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