Rheumatoid Arthritis is form of arthritis that usually
affects women between 25-55. Rheumatoid Arthritis is different
from Osteoarthritis, (which is commonly associates with old-age).
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease involving advanced
arthritic changes in the joints. The etiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis
|The symptoms include:
- Loss of function
|Your primary care physician will do some or all of
these blood tests to diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis:
- Rheumatoid factor
- White blood cell count
- Test of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate
- C-reactive protein
| This disorder accelerates the normal degeneration
processes within ligaments and joints in the neck. As a result patients
often develop significant spinal stenosis or instability. A classic
lesion in Rheumatoid Arthritis is the so called “Pannis of
the Dens” which is an inflammatory swelling of the second cervical
vertebra resulting in the compression of the spinal cord.
These patients respond well to anti-inflammatories and other medications, but will often require decompression and fusion surgery to correct the problem.