MCP Arthritis and Replacement
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints, usually in a symmetrical pattern. That is, if one hand has it, the other one will likely have it also. In rheumatoid arthritis, the joint lining (synovium), normally smooth and shiny, becomes inflamed, painful and swollen. The disease, which lasts over a long period of time, can cause damage to cartilage, bone, tendons and ligaments.
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