Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the lining of the joints, leaving them swollen, stiff and painful. It is a long-term condition that usually affects the hands, feet and wrists. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not clear, but you are at increased risk if there’s a family history of rheumatoid arthritis, you smoke or you are a woman.

People with rheumatoid arthritis will usually experience periods where symptoms are worse (flare-ups). Medication can be prescribed to help relieve symptoms and slow the progress of rheumatoid arthritis. Physiotherapy treatment may be used to maintain mobility in the affected joints. Surgery is sometimes recommended.

Some of the complications associated with rheumatoid arthritis include carpal tunnel syndrome (compression in one of the nerves in the hand), inflammation of the lungs, heart, eyes or blood vessels, significant or permanent joint damage, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Our PrediSpot genetic test can help determine if you are at an increased risk of developing Rheumatoid arthritis
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