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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself, causing inflammation in the joints. One of the main joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis is the knee, which can cause knee pain and impact mobility. At Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA, Dr. Farzin Kabaei and his orthopedic team offer advanced treatment for knee rheumatoid arthritis at our medical clinic in Los Angeles.

The knee joint is the largest and strongest joint in the body, but even it is no match for rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike osteoarthritis that is linked to aging, injury or wear on the joints, rheumatoid arthritis is a systematic autoimmune condition. It attacks the joints and other tissues in the body, causing damage and degeneration. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects both sides of the body, so patients with knee RA likely will have this condition in both knees. There is no cure for RA or any type of arthritis, but there are treatments for knee rheumatoid arthritis and joint damage.

Symptoms of Knee RA

Like all types of arthritis, knee RA causes inflammation in the joint. Specifically, the synovial membrane that covers the joint begins to swell, resulting in pain and stiffness in the knee. Over time, the inflammation can damage the articular cartilage and reduce the lubrication within the knee joint. This can increase pain and other symptoms in both knees, including:

  • Swelling of the knee
  • Knee is red and warm to the touch
  • Stiffness and lost range of motion in the knee
  • Weakness in the knee

While rheumatoid arthritis is not deadly, it can greatly impact your quality of life. Over time, the damage to the knee joint can be debilitating, and a partial or total knee replacement may be necessary to maintain mobility. However, in the early stages, treatment for knee rheumatoid arthritis can reduce pain and slow the degenerative nature of the disease, improving quality of life.

If you suffer from knee rheumatoid arthritis, contact us at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Kabaei and our medical team offer treatment for knee rheumatoid arthritis to give you relief. Treatments can include medications, physical therapy and injection therapy. We also offer robotic knee joint replacement for those in the later stages of knee RA.

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