Rheumatoid Arthritis

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A woman touches a man's hands, someone who possibly has rheumatoid arthritis

If you're one of 1.5 million people in the United States with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you're familiar with the pain and stiffness in your joints that comes with the disease. 

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system begins attacking the lining of its joints, causing pain, inflammation, and eventually, cartilage and bone damage. Rheumatoid arthritis can also harm the body’s internal organs such as the heart, lungs and nervous system.

At Yale Medicine, experienced doctors commit to giving patients an early and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to help them manage symptoms and get back to living a normal life.