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Symptoms of arthritis ra?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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With rheumatoid arthritis, during an acute flare, there is often increased warmth, perhaps redness and swelling and pain.
The swelling is different from an osteoarthritic joint in which the swelling is usually just joint fluid and in ra, the swelling can be joint fluid and swollen synovium (joint lining). This has more of a sold feel to it on exam.

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With rheumatoid arthritis, during an acute flare, there is often increased warmth, perhaps redness and swelling and pain.
The swelling is different from an osteoarthritic joint in which the swelling is usually just joint fluid and in ra, the swelling can be joint fluid and swollen synovium (joint lining). This has more of a sold feel to it on exam.
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