Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammation Directory
Rheumatoid arthritis is a result of misdirected inflammation. When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body's white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues to protect your body from foreign substances. This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area of injury or infection, and may result in redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause a leak of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. This protective process may stimulate nerves and cause pain. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about rheumatoid arthritis inflammation, how to treat it, and much more.
Understanding Arthritis and Inflammation
WebMD explains the role of inflammation in arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a process by which the body's immune system malfunctions. Find out more.
How to Protect Your Joints When You Have RA
Find out how diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes can guard your joints from damage if you have rheumatoid arthritis.
What Are Rheumatoid Nodules? Causes and Treatments
Learn about rheumatoid nodules, including their causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: 8 Aids to Keep You Active
Try these eight affordable aids to make life with rheumatoid arthritis easier and give you more independence.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore
Find out about 10 important symptoms that could be warning signs of complications of rheumatoid arthritis or side effects of the medicine you take.
RA and Your Overall Health
Rheumatoid arthritis raises the chance you’ll get heart disease and other health problems. Learn what you can do to lower your risks and stay healthy with RA.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Strength Training
Strengthen and stabilize your joints with arthritis-friendly strength exercises.
Video: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments for Stiff, Painful Joints
What can you do to treat stiff, painful joints from RA?
Treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis.
Many treatments are used to stave off the painful effects of RA from aspirin to drugs called ‘biologic agents.'
Treatment Changes with RA Progression
How will your treatment change as your RA progresses?
Treatments for RA Pain and Inflammation
How can you get relief from RA pain and inflammation? Ask Arthritis Foundation President John H. Klippel, MD.