What is RA?

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis/RA?

According to the Arthritis Foundation, RA is a chronic disease mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining of the joints.  It can lead to long-term joint damage. It is a systemic disease that can effect other organs in the body.

It progresses in 3 stages:

  • Stage1: Swelling of the synovial lining causing pain, warmth, stiffness and redness around the joint.
  • Stage 2:  Rapid division and growth of cells which causes the synovium to thicken.
  • Stage 3:  Inflamed cells release enzymes that may digest bone and cartilage

Statistics on Rheumatoid Arthritis/RA

RA effects 1.3 million Americans.

According to the CDC, in 1997, RA accounted for 22% of deaths due to arthritic and other rtheumatic conditions

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: