#condition - Rheumatology

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the joints, but it can also involve many other tissues in the body including the bones, lungs, eyes and spine.  It is a disease characterised by joint pain, swelling and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms may develop gradually. Some people with this type of arthritis have continual symptoms whereas others may have flare-ups and then periods when the disease is well controlled, called ‘disease remission’. The pattern and severity can vary greatly from person to person.

Prompt treatment plays a vital role in combatting the inflammation and the possibility of permanent joint damage. Treatment is usually needed under the direction and supervision of a Consultant Rheumatologist, who specialises in looking after people with this disease using an holistic approach, which includes the use of medications and injections, various non-medicine-based therapies, and in some cases, surgery; all tailored to the person’s individual circumstances.

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