Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most debilitating type of arthritis because it can cause deformity and disability. It affects more than 1 million Americans, including children who have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. RA's onset usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 50, but is known to affect older adults, too. Women are affected three times as often as men.

In the spine, RA usually affects the joints in the neck (cervical spine). The joints in the upper cervical spine include the odontoid process, a tooth-like structure that rises from the body of the axis (second cervical vertebra). Some of the symptoms of RA include headaches, neck pain, burning sensations, weakness in arms and legs, and fatigue.

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