Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes severe joint inflammation throughout the body. The underlying causes of this condition are unknown, but it results in the immune system attacking healthy cells, particularly the joint linings. While most common in the hands, wrists, and knees, rheumatoid arthritis can affect any joint, including the shoulders.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be extremely painful and debilitating, and when it develops in the shoulders, many activities can become difficult to impossible. Although rheumatoid arthritis is not a curable condition, it is manageable. In most cases, the main and attainable goal is improved function and pain relief.
If you are living with rheumatoid arthritis in the shoulder and looking for relief, the following guide can help you become more informed. BEST Health System is committed to patient education, and we’re happy to answer any questions or provide additional information.