Healthy joint vs. damaged joint

Healthy joint compared to damaged joint

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: July 1, 2021

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

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