You may have heard about rheumatoid arthritis but you may not completely understand what the condition entails. This chronic condition affects many Americans, both men and women. Rheumatoid arthritis affects women much more often than their aged paired male counterparts. With the help of men’s health services in Glendale and Phoenix, the physicians at Men’s Vitality Center can help male patients understand and manage their rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. This autoimmune disease causes the body’s immune system to attack the joint lining. Typically rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the synovium (joint lining). Many of the individuals that are affected by RA can have joints that become swollen, painful, and very stiff. Since RA is a chronic condition, the affected joints tend to lose their normal shape over time and when the shape has been lost, the movement of the affected joint become difficult. Individuals that are affected by RA will also have periods of decreased pain and well as flare ups. Any joint of the body can be affected by rheumatoid arthritis and an individual will usually feel the effects on both sides of the body (i.e. both hands, both wrists, etc.).

Rheumatoid arthritis can be caused by genetics or by an infection that later causes RA symptoms. Any individual that is affected by joint pain, stiffness or pain in the joints after inactivity, or bilateral joint pain, should seek out men’s health services in Glendale or Phoenix. The physicians at Men’s Vitality Center can help individuals through diagnosis, treatment, and management of rheumatoid arthritis. Early detection of this autoimmune disease can help slow the progress of the disease and lead to a better quality of life. Call Men’s Vitality Center today!