Early detection of rheumatoid arthritis is important.
On the eve of World Arthritis Day (October 12), city doctors blamed lack of awareness and a proper line of treatment for the surge in cases of rheumatoid arthritis. The chronic disease, which begins as a normal pain in smaller joints, gradually affects rest of the body if not treated early.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, autoimmune disease which has the body’s immune system mistakenly attack healthy joints causing inflammation of the tissue that protects them. That results in swelling, pain as well as discomfort.
Women more at risk
“Wo men are generally three times more vulnerable to rheumatoid arthritis than men,” said Dr BG Dharmanand, rheumatologist, Sakra World Hospital and secretary of the Indian Rheumatology Association.
“The disease can cause serious deformities in a person’s body. Patients often ignore the condition until it’s too late,” said orthopaedic surgeon Dr John Ebnezar. There’s little awareness about rheumatoid arthritis among patients who come to us. Many test positive later,” he added.
Sressing on the need to report the condition early, Dr Ebnezar said an early test followed by drug therapy, physiotherapy and exercise will help check the rising number of arthritis cases.
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