Are you really suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Have you ever felt pain in your joints? If yes which joints pain the most? Is it both the wrist joints and the joints of feet? Do they look red or swollen? It could be the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes inflammation over the joint.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? It is an auto immune disorder in which body attacks its own joints and organs. It leads to swelling, redness and inflammation of joints. Also leads to formation of nodules. It is a systemic disorder and affects multiple organs of the body. It can lead to deformities and death in later stages. It is due to the presence of Rh factor in the body.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis- There are presence of pain and swelling over all the joints mostly small joints. You feel morning stiffness which improves as the day progresses.  It occurs in symmetry i.e. both the hands will have same symptoms. Few people also experience difficulty in breathing due to tightness of chest.

How can you differentiate between arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis? If you have pain in knee joint and no other joint is getting inflamed or red. If you feel like having a crepitus sound in your knee joint and having difficulty in climbing stairs, also one joint is more affected than other joint then it could be possibly osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis involves large joints and possibly doesn’t occur in symmetry on the contrary R.A starts with small joints and occurs in symmetry.

Treatment- So far no treatment is proved to be successful in Rheumatoid Arthritis but physical therapy has added activeness to such patients and slowed down the curve the of progression of disease. Antarnaad is also serving such people and has given better results by reducing the severity of disease and helping them to lead a quality life. If physical therapy or exercises are not taken into routine by people with rheumatoid arthritis it leads to severe disability in life. Exercises are the only way out for such people to live a healthy life.