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How do you end up with joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis?
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Dr. Robert Coats II
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In brief: Bad synovial tissue
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which affects the synovial tissue, which lines the joints.
Instead of lubricating the joint, the synovial tissue overgrows, stretches out the joint capsule and destroys the articular cartilage. This leaves the joint unstable, poorly aligned and without a smooth surface for motion.

In brief: Bad synovial tissue
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which affects the synovial tissue, which lines the joints.
Instead of lubricating the joint, the synovial tissue overgrows, stretches out the joint capsule and destroys the articular cartilage. This leaves the joint unstable, poorly aligned and without a smooth surface for motion.
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