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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Have you noticed swelling or pain in your joints such as finger-joints, knees, and wrists, etc.? This swelling or pain can be a possible cause of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is a serious chronic disease of joint inflammation. RA is an autoimmune disease that’s the result of malfunctioning in the body’s immune system. 

Do not leave the joint pain or swelling unnoticed and untreated because it can cause severe damages and long-standing health issues. Though there are numerous conventional treatments available for RA, none can actually treat the disease. Common treatments only work as pain relief solutions or pain management to help the patient deal with the condition. The only proper treatment for RA is to reinstate the damaged cells through regenerative medicine treatment.

What is the proper treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

Stem Cell Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis is the most effective regenerative medicine treatment to repair, reproduce, and replace the damaged cells and tissues in the body. Shifa Regenerative & Rejuvenation Clinic is Pakistan’s paramount healthcare center offering this highly advanced stem cell procedure for RA and other various chronic illnesses.

A complete guide on how RA occurs, what are its symptoms, and how Stem Cell Therapy can be the best treatment for this chronic autoimmune disease is given below.

How Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Occurs? – Major Causes of RA

RA mainly occurs due to autoimmune disorder. When your body’s defense mechanism known as the immune system mistakes the body’s organs and tissues as foreign bodies, it begins damaging and attacking them. In RA, the immune system chiefly attacks the synovium that is the lining of membranes surrounding your joints. As a result, joint inflammation and damage to cells and tissues occur in the body. 

Doctors believe that genes may not be directly responsible for causing RA; however, genetic transmission can make you vulnerable to infections and weaknesses where your body might start developing RA. Causes and factors other than genes involved in occurring RA are as follows:

  • Gender

Women are more vulnerable to developing RA as compared with men. They have to remain extra careful in their food, diet and balancing a healthy lifestyle to let the body’s immune system work efficiently. 

  • Age

RA occurs in old age people due to inflammation of bones and joints and disturbed immune system. People between 40 and 60 years of age have been recorded having RA majorly. However, it can also occur in young adults due to the malfunctioning of the immune system.

  • Weight

Being overweight puts you at a greater risk of catching RA. Not only autoimmune diseases like RA but also many other types of illnesses are caused due to being overweight. A healthy weight and balanced BMI (Body Mass Index) saves you from such risks and dangers. 

  • Smoking

It is generally known that smoking is injurious to health due to several reasons. But, you should know that smoking can also cause RA. It weakens or damages the tissues and cells in the body leading to developing an autoimmune disease like RA.

  • Improper or Imbalanced Diet 

If you are not taking a balanced or proper diet, you are likely to develop RA. Doctors state that a person, who doesn’t consume enough Vitamin-C and eats red meat overly, is more prone to catching RA.

  • Family History of RA

If RA has occurred in any of your family members already, it can transfer to other members as well. So, you should get a proper medical checkup from time to time to ensure that you are safe from RA or any other autoimmune condition. 

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Since RA is also a joint problem; you may mistake it for osteoarthritis. The major difference between RA and Osteoarthritis is that RA is the disease of joint tissues whereas osteoarthritis is the wear and tear of joints. Generally, grown-ups or old age people experience RA, other types of arthritis, and autoimmune diseases. But, RA can also occur at an earlier age due to joint inflammation or damaged tissues and cells. Following symptoms will indicate having RA.

  • Joint Aches
  • Swelling or Stiffness in Joints
  • Tingling and Numbness in Joints
  • Troubles in Normal Joint Motions
  • Limping
  • Joint Deformities
  • Fever
  • Disturbed or lowered appetite
  • Joint Stiffness in Morning 
  • Fatigue  

Stages of RA

RA begins with simple pain in finger joints and/or toe joints, etc. But, it can grow and become a severe chronic problem if left untreated. It gradually starts affecting other body functions and organs like blood vessels, heart, lungs and respiratory system, eyes, skin, kidneys, and nerves, etc. Since it is an autoimmune disease; therefore many other illnesses are caused due to untreated RA after the body’s immune system starts attacking its own cells and tissues.

Following are some complications and serious conditions that RA can cause.

  • Lymphoma 

It is a collection of blood cancers developing in the lymph system. RA carries extended risks and dangers for causing lymphoma.

  • Osteoporosis

Conventional treatments and medications for managing RA often cause weakened bone health. Ultimately, the patient is left with a greater risk of developing osteoporosis which is another autoimmune condition of weakened bones being prone to fractures. 

  • Lung Disease

Persisting and untreated RA leads to damaging lung tissues and causes scarring and inflammation. Consequently, the patient faces shortness of breathing progressively. 

  • Rheumatoid Nodules

RA can also lead to forming stern bumps of tissues around pressure points like elbow joints. This condition is called Rheumatoid Nodules. These nodules can occur anywhere in the body, especially the lungs. 

  • Heart Problems

RA can prove to be a greater risk for hardening and blocking arteries carrying blood. Also, it can cause sac inflammation which encloses your heart. 

  • Dry Eyes and Mouth

Sjogren’s syndrome is a condition in which a person faces decreased moisture in the mouth and eyes. This syndrome can probably be caused due to persisting RA. 

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is the most common condition caused by RA. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when wrists are affected and the nerves of fingers and hands are compressed due to inflammation by RA. 

  • Disturbed Body Composition

RA often leads to a disturbing proportion of fat in the body. The patients with RA experience higher rates of fat to lean mass in the body. 

  • Infections

A person with RA remains at a greater risk of developing several types of infections and complications due to the affected immune system caused by RA.

Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a type of progressive autoimmune disorder. A majority of its symptoms are quite similar to that of osteoarthritis. This similarity of symptoms makes it challenging for physicians to diagnose RA in its early stages. A common diagnostic procedure to check RA is to perform blood test(s) and carrying out physical examinations by the doctor. In the physical examination, the doctors test the joint functions and observe the signs of swelling, range of motions, redness, and tenderness in joints. 

As, no single test can diagnose RA alone, therefore, multiple tests and diagnostic procedures are carried out by the doctors to test RA. These tests are:

  • Rheumatoid Factor Test (RF)

This test is performed to test a protein that the immune system produces to attack the healthy cells and tissues. A positive and/or higher level of RF suggests the severity and rapid growth of rheumatoid arthritis. But, an RF test alone cannot depict the development of RA because some people with RA might show a negative RF test while others without having RA might show a positive RF test.

  • Anti-CCP Test

Another test that is essentially required along with blood and RF tests is called Anticitrullinated Protein Antibody Test for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis.

  • ANA Test

Antinuclear Antibody Test is performed as a generic indicator of some autoimmune condition. A progressive or rising level of ANA depicts the immune system’s malfunctioning or attacking the body’s healthy cells and tissues.

  • MRI Scan and X-Rays

X-Rays can test any probable deformities of bones and joints and/or cartilage damage. An MRI test can help scan the tissues to diagnose any damage.

Conventional Treatments for RA and their Limitations and/or Dangers

There are some common treatments and conventional medications to treat rheumatoid arthritis. These treatments cannot be highly effective as they carry probable side-effects and also that they can only work to manage the situation. They cannot properly treat RA because a proper treatment requires internal repair of damaged tissues and cells which common medications cannot perform. 

Medications can only work as a pain management solution that occurs with RA. Other treatments include physical therapies and surgeries, etc. Surgeries are carried out to transplant the damaged joints but this isn’t an easily affordable method. It is not only highly expensive but also carries various types of side-effects based on a person’s medical history. Also, natural mobility of joint function cannot be retained with surgeries. Physical therapies like medications can only work to deal with the increasing pain. This means that patients will require constant physical therapy to manage pain but the actual problem of inflammation and damaged cells will remain there.

So, what is the proper treatment for rheumatoid arthritis? How can you properly treat RA by naturally repairing and growing the dead cells and tissues stopping the inflammation?

Here is the solution for you!

Stem Cell Therapy to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Stem Cell Rejuvenation Procedures is a recent advancement in the medical field that has made possible the organic and proper treatments for various diseases and illnesses especially autoimmune disorders. Stem Cell Therapy for RA is basically a regenerative medicine treatment where the Umbilical Cord Stem Cells are injected into a patient’s body. These stem cells begin working to naturally replace, repair, and reproduce the damaged cells and tissues in the body. These cells have the potential to turn into any type of cells required in the body that have been damaged due to any illness or infection. 

The stem cell procedure to treat rheumatoid arthritis is purely an organic method where the patient is free from all types of risks and dangers. This procedure is highly safe because it doesn’t require any type of surgery or operation as it is a non-surgical treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. It doesn’t pose any side effects or pain for the patient. It also doesn’t require you to get addicted to constant medication and therapies. Stem cells can naturally reinstate the damaged cells and stop inflammation in the body. Thus, they can treat all types of autoimmune diseases like RA.

How Stem Cell Procedure for RA is Reliable?

The stem cell regenerative medicine treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is an entirely reliable procedure because it’s approved and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), United States. The Umbilical Cord Stem Cells have been approved by the FDA after careful examination, observation, and successful outcomes in treating the patients. 

Stem cells have been found completely risk-free as they contain amino-privileges. They have concentrated growth so they do not create any resistance in the body. They are capable of turning into functioning cells of any type in the body wherever the damage has happened due to some illness, disease, or infection.

How to get Stem Cell Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in Pakistan?

Shifa Regenerative & Rejuvenation Clinic is Pakistan’s first and paramount healthcare center that is offering regenerative medicine treatment for RA and various other chronic diseases. The hospital has collaborated with Dr. David Lawrence Greene. He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and CEO of the R3 Stem Cell Clinics, the USA. He is well-known in stem cell rejuvenation technology for carrying out above 15,000 successful Stem Cell Procedures. 

The hospital is working under the approval and registration with both DRAP (Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan) and FDA, the USA. So, if you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, joint inflammation, or any other autoimmune disorder, Shifa Rejuvenation Clinic has the best and natural treatment for you. For more information, consultation, and appointment, you may contact us at (051) 835-7790 or send an email at [email protected].

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