Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease, affecting the body joints and tendons. The inflamed joints are often swollen and red, infecting synovial membrane, the tendon sheaths and soft tissues.
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of any age, especially women (aged from 30 to 50). Rheumatoid arthritis normally begins in the hands, wrists, or feet. Then it may also spread to other joints, causing more inflammation.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease. Although rheumatoid arthritis can not be cured, the following treatments can effectively relieve the symptoms: anti-rheumatic drugs, biologics, steroids, or joint replacement surgery.