Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disorder where the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joints. This disease usually affects both sides of the body (i.e. both ankles or both wrists). It can also damage the lungs, heart, eyes, skin, and various other body systems.
0.3%–1.0% of the global population
Typical Age of onset
Typically, rheumatoid arthritis appears between ages 30 and 60 for women and later in life for men.
Joint pain, tenderness, warmth, swelling or stiffness
Morning stiffness lasting 30 minutes or longer
Symptoms affecting more than one joint
Joint pain on both sides of the body