10. Who is most commonly affected my rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis, being the most common form of autoimmune arthritis, affects over 1. 3 million Americans. Of these 1. 3 million people, 975,000 are women, or 75%. 1-3% of women will develop rheumatoid arthritis over their lifetime. Though it is most common to develop rheumatoid arthritis from ages 40-60, it may develop at any age. Rheumatoid arthritis more commonly effects Native Americans than any other race in America. You are also more susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis if you are a heavy smoker or if you are related to someone who has rheumatoid arthritis.
Another factor that can contribute to the development of rheumatoid arthritis is obesity 2. “Rheumatoid Arthritis I American College of Rheumatology I ACR. ” Rheumatoid Arthritis I American College of Rheumatology I ACR. N. p. , n. d. Web. 24 Sept. 2013.. (25) 1 1 . What does rheumatoid arthritis do to your body? Rheumatoid arthritis affects each person’s body differently. Some people have long periods of remission where they experience no symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis whatsoever. When symptoms occur, the victim’s Joints become inflamed.
This occurs for unknown reasons, as there is no definite cause of rheumatoid arthritis. When the Joints get inflamed, it wears down the cartilage, and as the cartilage breaks down, the space between the bones narrow, and the bones can rub against each other. 4. “Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA – Center: Symptoms, Pain Relief, Causes, -rests, and Medications. ” WebMD. WebMD, n. d. web. 23 sept. 2013.. (20) 7. What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which your bodys immune system attacks your bodys Joints by accident. This causes inflammation and can damage both Joints and organs.
The causes of rheumatoid arthritis are mostly nknown, but it is genetic and appears more commonly in the obese and smokers. It often occurs in people ages forty to sixty. 1 . “Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Treatment Programs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain. ” Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Treatment Programs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain. The Arthritis Foundation, n. d. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.. (25) 12. What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis affects over 27 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of cartilage. As cartilage deteriorates, bones begin to rub against one another.
This makes it difficult for you to use that Joint. Osteoarthritis also damages ligaments and muscles. Osteoarthritis can cause a need for Joint replacements. The two types of Osteoarthritis are primary and secondary. Primary osteoarthritis is associated with aging. The older you are, the more likely you are to have some form of primary osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a disease, and not part of the normal aging process. Secondary osteoarthritis develops early in life, typically 10 or more years after a specific cause, such as an injury or obesity. Osteoarthritis occurs most often in knees, hips and hands. sability, and limited range of motion is an outcome of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect any Joint in the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is symmetrical, meaning if a Joint on one side of the body is affected, the corresponding joint on the other side of the body is also involved. The tissue that surrounds the joint called the synovium and is what becomes inflamed. 1 . “Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Treatment Programs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain. ” Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Treatment Programs for Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain. The Arthritis Foundation, n. d. web. 23 sept. 2013.. (25) (25)