According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 kids in the U.S. have some type of arthritis, making it the country’s leading cause of disability. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, the umbrella term for joint disease or pain. Symptoms range from swelling and stiffness to chronic pain and reduced mobility. But one of the most serious is rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can cause serious damage to your body. The body turns on itself, attacking it with inflammation that damages the lining of joints, and in some cases, the skin, eyes, internal organs, and other parts of the body. Slowing the disease is critical to preventing or minimizing permanent damage.