In some types of inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks the joint lining (synovium). This causes inflammation. Over time this inflammation can damage the cartilage and bone. It can also loosen ligaments and tendon attachments.
Current as of: December 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Nancy Ann Shadick MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology & Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics