What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints.  It primarily affects the synovium, the thin tissue that lines the joints.  Rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain and swelling in the hands, feet, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and neck.  It can lead to joint damage and disability.

There is no cure, but excellent treatment is available.