Rheumatoid arthritis is much more than joint pain. Here's what's going on.
Rheumatologist Susan M. Goodman, M.D., attending physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City discusses the basics of rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common inflammatory autoimmune form of arthritis, and it affects about one percent of people. One in a hundred people have this disease. It typically presents as a symmetric form of arthritis. By that, I mean it affects both hands and both feet, in the knees small and large joints. The good news about it, since it's so common, is it is very responsive to treatment.