Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disorder that affects the joints. One of the many forms of arthritis,it causes joint deformity and bone erosion. This autoimmune disease causes the body’s immune system to attack healthy tissues. The cells in the joints break down the cartilage and inflame the tissue that lines the joints, causing friction between the bones in the joint. This condition causes severe debilitating pain that requires painkillers.
A complete blood count blood test will be done to check for white blood cell increase due to infection.
Imaging tests are done with ultrasound or CT scan to check for inflammation or bone and soft tissue abnormalities.