Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1.3 million Americans. Although the condition has no known cure, it’s possible to manage symptoms like chronic pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue. To begin your journey toward healing, contact Dr. Barbara Mack at Medical Aesthetics in Tacoma, Washington. With functional and regenerative treatment methods, you can experience pain relief, increased energy, and optimal well-being. Book your personalized consultation today by calling or scheduling online.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition characterized by chronic inflammation of the joints. As with other autoimmune conditions, the body attacks its own tissue. RA affects the lining and cartilage of the joints, which can result in swelling, deformity, and bone erosion.
The widespread inflammation of RA can also impact other areas of your body, causing damage to your skin, lungs, eyes, or even your heart. The condition can also increase your risk of developing other conditions, like osteoporosis, lung disease, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
The symptoms of RA can come and go, depending on the activity of the disease. During periods of high activity, called flares or flare-ups, symptoms can worsen. The most common signs of rheumatoid arthritis include:
RA usually affects the smaller joints, like the fingers and toes, before progressing to the knees, shoulders, or hips.
Several factors may contribute to the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Research suggests that there's probably a genetic component to the condition and that environmental factors, like disease or infection, can trigger the initial symptoms.
Women are more likely than men to develop RA, and the condition usually begins between the ages of 40 and 60.
Other risk factors for RA include obesity, smoking, and a family history of the condition.
There are several treatment methods for rheumatoid arthritis. The physicians at Medical Aesthetics focus on functional and regenerative treatment methods that heal your body without drugs or invasive procedures.
Each patient’s treatment plan is customized to achieve specific outcomes and may include:
With a treatment plan that emphasizes a holistic approach, you can find long-term relief from RA and regain that feeling of being energized and pain-free.
To schedule a personalized consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.