Understanding the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Understanding the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

by Stephanie Meadows
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints. Because it is a systemic condition, there are often other symptoms experienced throughout the body. The early stages of RA include symptoms that are similar to some other conditions. It causes painful, swollen joints, and can lead to permanent deformity and a loss to range of motion if not properly diagnosed and treated in time.