Rheumatoid arthritis differs from osteoarthritis, in that it is not caused
by wear and tear but is instead an autoimmune disease. With rheumatoid
arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the joints, causing
pain and, when left untreated, deformity and disability. Early treatment
can delay and even prevent joint damage, so if you experience the symptoms
of rheumatoid arthritis in Marietta, consult an
orthopaedic doctor right away.
For many people, the first symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is painful joints
that may also feel warm and swollen. Unlike with other types of arthritis,
rheumatoid arthritis symptoms typically appear on both sides of the body.
Patients may also have morning stiffness that persists for hours, fatigue,
weight loss, and bumps under the skin. The disease starts in the small
joints, including the toes and fingers, and then progresses to causing
knee pain, hip pain, and pain throughout the body. An orthopaedic doctor
can help minimize the pain of damaged joints with steroid injections and
other pain management techniques.