Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis. It is a chronic disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased movement of the joints. Small joints in the hands and feet are most commonly affected. Many times patients afflicted with RA report joint stiffness is most common in the morning but gradually improves as the day progresses with gentle joint movement.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, an IBJI Rheumatologist can assist in making the proper diagnosis. Rheumatoid arthritis often requires a combination of lab work and joint x-rays and ultrasounds to determine your diagnosis.