Includes a description of RA and incidence and prevalence of RA. RA is a serious and often disabling condition that skin in rheumatoid arthritis cause chronic pain, permanent joint damage, and loss of joint function.
Some research indicates that, instead of a single condition, rheumatoid arthritis may in fact be a group of different diseases that have several common features. According to the Arthritis Foundation, RA is the second most common type of arthritis. 3 million people in the United States, and about 70 percent of patients who have the disease are women. Rheumatoid arthritis usually develops between the ages of 30 and 50, but it can occur at any age. In women who are of childbearing age, RA often improves during pregnancy, but symptoms may increase in severity after the patient gives birth. Copyright 2017 Remedy Health Media, LLC. The content on this website is provided for educational purposes only.