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Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Knee and Hip

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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. This leads to inflammation in the joints and surrounding tissues. In many cases, the same joint on both sides of the body is affected.

What are the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?

  • Redness and swelling around the joint
  • Chronic, severe pain
  • Popping noise or grinding sensation in the joint
  • Weakness in the joint
  • Instability or loss of use

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