What is Rheumatic Disease
Rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, and gout to name a few, occur when the body’s immune system goes awry and mistakenly attacks organs, tissues, and joints. The resulting inflammatory process leads to thickening of the joints’ tissues, swelling, and pain.
Inflammatory arthritis is systemic, meaning it not only affect joints but also other systems of the body such as the heart, lungs, eyes, and brain. Simple tasks like getting up each morning, buttoning a shirt, brushing hair, or even walking can become excruciatingly painful, or even impossible.