Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Fingers
Rheumatoid Arthritis is aninflammatory condition that may impact almost every part of the body. In the fingers, Rheumatoid Arthritis affects the synovial tissue that serves to lubricate the joints, which results in swelling that can deform the cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bones with painful results. Most commonly found in the finger knuckles, Rheumatoid Arthritis is sometimes marked by swollen finger joints, a creaking sound upon movement, pain and numbness. The condition may be managed with anti-inflammatory medications, oral steroids, biologics and cortisone injection, as well as physical therapy, splinting and reconstructive surgery.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Wrist
—particularly when it comes to gripping actions—this condition can lead to ancillary problems like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or tendon rupture. Rheumatoid Arthritis can be managed with anti-inflammatory medications, oral steroids, biologics and cortisone injection, as well as occupational therapy, splinting and reconstructive surgery.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Elbow
Rheumatoid Arthritis is not as common in the elbow as it is in the fingers and wrist, although it is the leading cause of non-traumatic severe pain and loss of joint function in the elbow. Usually marked by pain, stiffness and a reduced ability to move the elbow, this condition is most often treated with anti-inflammatory medications, oral steroids, biologics and cortisone injection. Arthroscopic synovectomy may be helpful in stubbornly painful cases.