Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune, systemic, inflammatory disorder that primarily involves the joints. It most commonly affects the joints of the hands, feet, wrists, elbows, knees and ankles. It causes pain, stiffness and swelling of joints, often with disabling joint destruction. It has a variable and unpredictable course and can be associated with changes in other systems e.g. the eyes and lungs. Treatment can include pain relief, steroids and immunosuppressive drugs can be used in more severe cases. Treatment can include pain relief, steroids and immunosuppressive drugs can be used in more severe cases.
Rheumatoid arthritis may be classified according to severity mild, moderate or severe
Mild - Minimal, slight pain and stiffness in peripheral joints, minimal swelling and no deformity. No continuous treatment required.
Moderate - Moderate disease activity, troublesome pain and stiffness, more extensive joint involvement, slight deformity or limitation of movement in affected joints. Frequent or continuous drug therapy.
Severe - Chronic active disease, no complete freedom from pain, moderate or marked deformities with serious restrictions of movement and impairment of function.
What information should my client provide?
Your customer should complete the Arthritis and other joint disorders fast-track questionnaire
Over 1 in 5 adults have some form of arthritis in Ireland.
70% of rheumatoid arthritis patients are women.
18% of rheumatoid arthritis patients are less than 55 years old.
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