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Is Swelling Normal with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation and swelling in the joints. Hands and feet are typically affected the most, causing weakness and other complications.

Your joints are lined with synovium, a fluid that allows your joints to move smoothly. RA causes your bodies immune system to attack the synovium, resulting in inflammation and swelling. Sometimes the swelling becomes so severe that you will experience reduced range of motion.

Eventually swelling can weaken the ligaments and joints, leading to deformities such as claw toe, or hammer toe.

Body parts commonly affected by swelling from RA include:

  • Hands
  • Wrists
  • Feet
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Hips
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Neck

If you are experiencing swelling in your joints,  or suspect you may have RA, Dr. Shironda Stewart urges you to check with your physician to discuss the possibility of RA. Early detection of RA will allow your doctor to work with you in finding the best treatment plan to slow the progression of this disease.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr Stewart, call our office and let us help you take control of your Rheumatoid Arthritis.


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