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Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hip

Rheumatoid arthritis, RA, is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes joint pain, stiffness and swelling. This leads to severe, and sometimes rapid, deterioration of multiple joints and results in acute pain and loss of function.

 

Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis inflames the joint's lining, called the synovium. Of the over 100 forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is among the most debilitating. Rheumatoid arthritis usually develops in middle age, but may occur in the 20s and 30s.

 

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Some experts believe that a virus or bacteria may trigger rheumatoid arthritis in people with genetic predisposition to it. However, the exact cause of the disease is unknown. Many doctors think rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the tissue of the joint, synovial tissue, has actually been attacked by the immune system. The onset of rheumatoid arthritis occurs most frequently in middle-aged women.

 

It may also occur after a life-changing event such as divorce, job loss or a severe injury.

Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.  The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.