RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS Chronic symmetrical polyarthritis .It is a systemic disorder characterised by chronic inflammatory synovitis of mainly peripheral joints. It is a significant causes of disability and mortality and carrier a high socio economic cost Women before the menopause are affected 3 times more often than men. Majority of patients complains of pain and stiffness of small joints of hands and feet . Periodic painful swelling of the joints with stiffness and deformity (e.g ulnar deviation of the hand ,flexon deformity etc)may occur Wrists, elbows,shoulders,knees and ankles are also affected with carpel tunnel syndrome. Pain worse in the morning ,joint usually warm and tender with swelling .There is limitation Of movement and muscle wasting and muscle spasm may present .Deformity develops as the disease progress. Other presentations like seronegative limited synovitis and palindromic rheumatis is unusual. COMPLICATIONS : Septic arthritis,amyloidosis and tenosynovitis. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS :EARLY PHASE Slight demineralization ,joint effusion,pericapsular swelling and marginal erosion LATE PHASE :Massive destruction ,sub luxation and fibrous ankylosis STILL’S DISEASE is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis with splenomegaly and lymphadenopathy. HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT: ARNICA:Chronic arthritis,sore bruised feeling BRYONIA:Inflammation of joint with stiffness ,from pressure and rest. CAUSTICUM:Deformity developed in the joints with stiffness,continous motion. RUTA:Tendons are deeply affected,arthritis after overuse from repeated wear and tear.