Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.

What are the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis usually presents with sudden onset painful swelling of the hands, feet and wrists. There is also associated early morning stiffness or stiffness after rest which improves with movement, leading to difficulty in doing everyday tasks. The symptoms tend to wax and wane with ‘flare-ups’ when the symptoms worsen.