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


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