Rheumatoid arthritis is caused when the immune system is not working properly. Often abbreviated "RA," rheumatoid arthritis causes a variety of symptoms, most notably pain and swelling in the wrist and small joints of the hand and feet. It is also sometimes called rheumatoid disease because it can cause systemic illness that impacts many organs of the body.
Are You At Risk?
Anyone can get RA, though it occurs more often in women. The onset of rheumatoid arthritis often begins in middle age and is common in older people, but children and young adults can also get it.
At Mercy Medical Group, it’s our philosophy to treat each individual as a whole person, not simply an illness, and ensure continuity of care. Our rheumatologists work closely with Mercy Medical Group’s physical medicine & rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, pain management and other departments to help patients regain mobility and enhance their quality of life. We offer patients an expanded rheumatology team that treats a variety of diseases affecting muscles, bones and joints along with other organs in the body. In addition to rheumatoid arthritis, we treat systemic lupus erythematosus and gout.
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