Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a progressive autoimmune disease that initially causes signs and symptoms like joint pain and swelling in the feet and hands.
The disorder can damage other parts of the body like skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels but it mainly affects the body symmetrically.
The primary signs of rheumatoid arthritis are
• Pain and swelling in joints and muscles
• Severe joint stiffness or weakness after inactivity (majorly in mornings)
• Weight loss, Fatigue, and Anaemia
• Flares and redness in skin
Treatment plays a key role in controlling the inflammation of RA and in minimizing joint damage. Treatment usually involves a combination of medications and other non-drug therapies. In some cases, treatment may also involve surgery.
Pain and stiffness can make it difficult to exercise, leading many people with RA to limit physical activity
Regular exercise can prevent and reverse these effects. Many different types of exercise can be beneficial, including walking, swimming, and cycling. Even gentle movement on a regular basis can help.