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Arthritis is a chronic disease, characterized by inflammation of the musculoskeletal system, and most commonly affects the joints. However, arthritis is not a single condition but a term that describes a number of medical conditions. Check out this overview for the facts on rheumatoid arthritis .
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a type of arthritis that affects the tissues lining the joints, causing progressive inflammation that may eventually deteriorate the joint tissues themselves. Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis typically develop the disease between the ages of 40 and 60.
RA is an autoimmune disease, meaning that it causes your body’s natural defense system to turn upon itself and attack your joint tissues rather than protect them. While the underlying cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, factors that may increase the risk of RA include:
- A family history of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Gender—RA is two to three times more common in women than in men.
- Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco use.
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include tender, swollen, or warm joints as well as morning stiffness that lasts for several hours. Additional signs of RA include fatigue, fever, weight loss, and firm bumps of tissue beneath the skin of the arms. Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis tend to first experience symptoms in their fingers and toes before the disease progresses to their knees, ankles, hips, and shoulders.
After assessing your past medical history and symptoms, your orthopaedic doctor will perform a physical evaluation in order to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor may also perform an X-ray, MRI exam, or blood test to determine the underlying cause of pain.
Your orthopaedic doctor may recommend any number of treatment options to manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, including oral medications, injections, exercise therapy, and lifestyle modifications.
If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, or a stress fracture, or are in need of a knee replacement, the orthopaedic surgeons with MK Orthopaedics are here to help. Call our office at (815) 741-6900 to set up an initial consultation.
We are so thrilled to introduce our newest orthopaedic doctor to our MK Orthopaedics team, Dr. Pizinger!
Dr. Ryan Pizinger completed his undergrad at the University of Maine, where he also played football. He attended Dartmouth College for his residency, and followed up with an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship in Aspen Colorado in 2011!
We are so thrilled to welcome Dr. Pizinger to our MK Orthopaedics team. He specializes in sports medicine and trauma and will be the perfect addition to our team! For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pizinger, visit our website or call us today at (815) 741-6900.
Our recent blog posts offered an introduction to knee, hip, and other joint replacement surgeries. If you are looking to learn more about these orthopaedic procedures , the following links may be of interest to you. To speak with an experienced orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, Illinois, call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900!
- Learn about the importance of spinal health and tips on keeping your spine in good shape by reading this article.
- This Chicago Tribune article tells the story of a knee cartilage transplant patient who felt well enough after his procedure to try his hand at climbing Mount Everest.
- Find out more about knee problems and the ways in which they can affect one’s overall health by visiting the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases online.
- Visit MedicineNet.com for authoritative answers to frequently asked questions about hip replacement surgery .
- Read this ABC News article to learn more about successful cartilage transplants .
Are you considering total hip replacement surgery in order to regain mobility and reduce the severity of discomfort you experience every day? Before you visit an orthopaedic doctor to discuss your candidacy for surgery, it is important to familiarize yourself with the procedure.
This free audio podcast , narrated by an experienced and board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, offers an in-depth introduction to what total hip replacement surgery entails. This podcast may help you decide whether you are ready to commit to surgery in order to improve your quality of life.
Serving Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, New Lenox, and Shorewood, MK Orthopaedics is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable healthcare professionals who seek to make surgery and rehabilitation as pleasant as possible. To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic doctors today, call (815) 741-6900!
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