Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints and other parts of the body. It is a chronic condition that affects small joints in the hands and feet as well as larger joints in the arms or legs and can be difficult to manage. The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but genetics, environmental factors, and immune system abnormalities have been suggested as potential triggers.
Physical therapy is also known to improve physical function and mobility of joints with exercise, massage, and other noninvasive treatments.
Immunosuppressants may have to be used to stop the immune system from attacking the body’s own tissue.