Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the person’s owns immune system target joints and surrounding tissue. This leads to tissue destruction and inflammation. In addition to joints RA can target other organs in the body.
The commonly affected joints include wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles. Most often joints are affected on both sides of the patient’s body.
Treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis vary depending on the severity of
the disease, and the age of the patient.
Some treatments for rheumatoid arthritis include:
- methotrexate (Rheumatrex)
- leflunomide (Arava)
- adalimumab (Humira)
- etanercept (Enbrel)
- infliximab (Remicade)
To learn more about rheumatoid arthritis, visit http://www.arthritis.org/rheumatoid-arthritis.php