How do you get swollen joints from rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory form of arthritis that can happen at any age -- even in young children. RA causes painful, stiff, and swollen joints. Usually, RA affects hands, feet, and knees, but it can also affect most joints and other parts of the body. RA symptoms can interfere with daily activities.
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