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Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of over 100 rheumatology diseases that affect the body’s connective tissues in adults and children. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder that usually starts in the small joints in hands and feet. Also known as RA, rheumatoid arthritis causes painful swelling in the lining of the joints and can eventually result in erosion of the bones, joint deformity and crippling pain.

Full Resources of NYU Winthrop’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Center

Approximately three-million Americans suffer from the painful, crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis. The acclaimed rheumatology team at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Long Island, NY diagnoses and treats a high volume of patients suffering from symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Early diagnosis and treatment are emphasized as the best strategy for slowing RA’s progression and limiting damage to the joints. Learn more about Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Signs and symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis include:

  • Red, swollen joints that are tender and warm to the touch
  • Morning stiffness that doesn’t go away for hours
  • Firm bumps of tissue under the skin known as rheumatoid nodules
  • Fatigue, fever and weight loss

Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis

NYU Winthrop’s rheumatologists are specialists in the diagnosis, treatment and medical management of rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatologic diseases. Diagnostic testing may include blood work, a joint fluid test, x-rays or, in some cases, an advanced imaging test known as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which means it occurs because the immune system attacks your own body tissues by mistake, treating them like unwanted foreign bodies. RA can eventually affect other organs like lungs and eyes.

Breakthroughs in Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Exciting new scientific research points to the role of genetics and immunology in the development of rheumatic disorders. Our specialists are now incorporating promising, new rheumatoid arthritis treatment modalities based on these recent findings.

Personalized Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Plans

Our doctors regularly confer with colleagues in related specialties to ensure the most effective treatment protocol for each patient’s general health, stage of RA and personal preferences. Treatment options include the latest in drug and biologic therapy and participation in one of a number of important clinical trials. Our goal is to restore quality of life to the highest degree possible.

Leading Rheumatologists in NYC Metro Area

In their 2014 annual report of the nation’s “Top Doctors,” Castle Connolly recognized the stellar records of 13 rheumatology specialists at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Division of Rheumatology on Long Island. US News and World Report included the “Top Doctors” report in their own review of the nation’s best hospitals. Our acclaimed rheumatologists are sought-after speakers at medical conferences and regularly publish in prestigious medical journals. For a complete list, visit NYU Winthrop Rheumatology Doctors.