Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common inflammatory disease of the joints. It is characterised by pain and swelling of both the small and large joints (mainly in the fingers, wrists and feet) accompanied by stiffness in the mornings and symptoms such as fatigue and weakness. It affects 1% of the world's adult population. It is more frequent among women, and it is most common between the ages of 30 and 50, although it can appear at any time of life.

Rheumatoid Arthritis explained in first person

Professionals and patients explain how you live with the disease
In rheumatoid arthritis, the synovium lining the inside of the joint capsule becomes inflamed. This is different from osteoarthritis in that cartilage wear occurs rather than inflammation.

Substantiated information by:

José Alfredo Gómez Puerta
Marta Bassas
Núria Sapena
Raimon Sanmartí Sala

Published: 21 January 2021
Updated: 21 January 2021

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