That stiffness can be rheumatoid arthritis

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Aashish Chaudhry

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints resulting in inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints to thicken. As result of this thickening, swelling and pain in and around the joints occur. If inflammation goes unchecked, it can damage the cartilage, the elastic tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint, as well as the bones themselves. Ultimately, it leads to even loss of cartilage. In women, it occurs earlier than in men. Having a family member with RA increases the odds of having RA.
As we age, the degeneration in joints of the body is inevitable despite best efforts to keep them well oiled. You cannot avert it. Sooner or later, you have to confront the…

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