Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own tissues by mistake. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect all areas of the body in addition to the joints, including the lungs, eyes, skin and blood vessels. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the joint’s lining and can cause a swelling that is painful. The swelling may eventually cause the bones to erode and the joints to deform, making it painful and difficult to perform the smallest of tasks. At Svarna Spine Hospital, we offer treatment options that don’t require you to take months out of your life, and hope to have you back on your feet in just a few days.
Rheumatoid arthritis can develop in an individual of any age, but it is more common in those older than 40. Women are much more likely to develop this condition than men.
Although it is unclear what starts the process of the immune system attacking the joints, there is a chance that rheumatoid arthritis may be genetic. Although there is not a specific gene for the condition, certain gene mutations may make you more vulnerable to factors in the environment such as infections that can trigger the body’s response.
The condition is likely to develop first in your smaller joints, particularly the smaller joints in the hands and the feet. From there, the symptoms will progress to the ankles, elbows, knees, shoulders and hips. Most individuals notice that the condition affects the joints on the same side of the body. If you notice any of the following, you may need to see a doctor about the possibility of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Stiffness in the morning that lasts for several hours
- Weight loss
- Swollen, tender joints that are warm to the touch
- Development of bumps under the skin of the arm
Although some cases can be treated with medication and therapy, other cases require surgical treatment to repair the joints. Dr. Tarak Patel offers a minimally invasive spinal surgery that repairs the joints and limits the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. With the help of our highly qualified surgeons, your outpatient surgery can have you back on your feet in no time.