Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune system condition, or “autoimmune disorder,” that causes inflammation of the lining of the joints. It may also affect the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, blood, and nerves. Although RA symptoms can come and go, the disease can worsen over time and may never go away. Early, aggressive treatment is key to slowing or stopping it.

Symptoms include, joint inflammation, warmth, and swelling. The inflammation is typically symmetrical, occurring on both sides of the body at the same time (such as the wrists, knees, or hands). Other symptoms of RA include joint stiffness, particularly in the morning or after periods of inactivity; ongoing fatigue, and low-grade fever. Symptoms typically develop gradually over years, but they can come on rapidly for some people.

While this condition typically strikes between the ages of 30-60, there is a greater frequency of seniors who experience arthritis in one form or another.

We are often asked at Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing, whether our post-acute rehabilitation program is structured to suit the individual requirements of every patient.

The answer is a declarative and absolute YES!

We have patients who come to us for rehabilitation from our local hospitals, who may have pre-existing conditions, such as arthritis, COPD, CHF, Diabetes and other conditions.

Irrespective of these pre-existing factors, our patients will benefit from our tailor made and holistic approach to their therapy and well-being.

For more information, please contact our Director of Admissions, Kellie Martin, at 315-449-6078

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