What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

(Also called: RA, atrophic arthritis)
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that tends to affect all of the joints of the body. Specifically, it affects a couple of inflammatory mediators – interleukin 6, interleukin 12 , tumor necrosis factor alpha. These things are hyper-inflammatory cytokines that go and and attack your own body. So what can happen is that your hands can end up turning out – you can’t pick up your kid anymore. You can’t take the cap off the pickle jar. You can’t open doors. Everything becomes a stretch, even to the point where your joints can break down so much that your spine can actually fuse and create life-long back pain.

– Dr. Goodbinder

Signs & Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Pain in the back, joints or muscles
  • Bumps on your hands or swelling of the hands
  • Joint stiffness, swelling, tenderness or weakness
  • Anemia, fatigue or malaise
  • Difficulty in healing from injury
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the hands
  • Pairs of achy joints, or achy joints that last longer than a week.
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Dr. Goodbinder

Jay Goodbinder DC DABCI is a doctor in Overland Park, KS who serves patients in surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.