Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition where the body’s immune system becomes overactive and causes inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the joints.  This can cause pain, stiffness and swelling of the joint.  Rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect both sides of the body at the same time and most commonly affects the joints in the arms and legs, rather than in the spine.  Medication can help to reduce the inflammation in the joints and physiotherapy can be helpful in maintaining you joint mobility and strength.  Your physiotherapist will advise you on appropriate exercises to perform and how to best manage your symptoms.  Further information about Rhematoid Arthritis can be found on the Arthritis Research UK website.