Treating rheumatoid arthritis requires team work of rheumatologist, orthopedic surgeon, physiotherapist and dietician.
2. Are Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis same?
No, they are entirely different from each other but they both affect the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease affecting the lining of the joints (synovium). Whereas, osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease affecting the structure covering the joints.
3. Does Rheumatoid Arthritis affect Children?
Yes, rheumatoid arthritis also affects children and it is called as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) with symptoms of joint stiffness and premature closing of growing ends of bones. Treatment is similar to that for adults.
4. What are the Complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Septic arthritis- Two or more joints are affected with septic features. This is potentially fatal.
- Osteoporosis- Reduction in bone density. The bone becomes fragile.
- Rheumatoid Lung- Damage to the lung tissue.
- Rheumatoid Vasculitis- Inflammation of the blood vessels, which can lead to skin, nerve, heart, and brain problems.
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)