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Q : I have rheumatoid arthritis and want to minimize joint stiffness as much as possible. I know I should exercise, but won't that hurt my joints?
A: Exercise might seem counterintuitive, but inactivity further decreases...
The only known risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis is a possible
inherited factor in some families (genetic
predisposition). A genetic factor may affect how the
immune system functions, causing inflammation and
eventual destruction of the membranes lining the
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Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
June 11, 2010
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