All Inflammatory Arthritis Articles

Rheumatoid Arthritis Center

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect the spine; it's most common in the cervical spine. In the SpineUniverse Rheumatoid Arthritis Center, you'll learn the symptoms and signs so that you can recognize RA.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Center

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a form of inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine. In severe cases of ankylosing spondylitis, the disease causes new bone formation, which can cause the bones in the spine to fuse (join) together.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgery

Spine surgery may become necessary in patients with rheumatoid arthritis if RA causes extreme pain, severe weakness and spinal instability. A leading spine surgeon explains.

Physical Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Physical therapy can help you manage your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms with a variety of passive therapies (such as head and cold therapy) and active therapies (including aerobic exercise).

Exams and Tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis

To diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, the doctor will run through several exams and tests.

Anatomy of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects joints, and it can be present in the spine.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Glossary

Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can mean learning a whole new vocabulary: subluxations, osteophyte, vertebral end plate, and more. Use this list as a handy reference for medical terms related to RA.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most debilitating type of arthritis because it can cause deformity and disability. RA may affect the cervical spine and cause the facet joints in the neck to become inflamed and painful.

Reduce Stress to Reduce Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Stress will exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis pain, so you need to know how to control it. This article includes ways to help reduce your stress, and in turn, reduce your symptoms.

Drugs and Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are many drugs and medications available to treat your rheumatoid arthritis, but they won't cure it. Over-the-counter drugs, including NSAIDs, and prescription medications, such as DMARDs, will help reduce joint pain and inflammation.

Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Exercise is an essential part of relieving your rheumatoid arthritis pain. Exercise promotes joint health and muscle strength, and is even good for your mental health. Here's how to develop a program that's effective at managing your symptoms.

Alternative Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Many people with rheumatoid arthritis find pain relief from alternative, complementary, integrative therapies that may include acupuncture, massage, relaxation therapy, and mind-body exercises like yoga.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Most patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be treated without spine surgery. The treatment plan is designed to control the disease, alleviate pain, and maximize quality of life.

Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not yet known, although scientists have identified factors that contribute to the disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Test Your Knowledge

Think you understand rheumatoid arthritis? Test how much you know about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this type of inflammatory arthritis. Take our rheumatoid arthritis knowledge quiz and prove what you know.
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