Rheumatoid arthritis is a common form of inflammatory arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disease.
Your body’s normal defence system triggers an attack on the cells in the lining of your joints. The result is pain, tenderness, stiffness and eventually joint damage.
Related tests and scans
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Related treatments and procedures
X-Ray Guided Facet Joint Injection
A facet joint injection involves injecting local anaesthetics and sometimes steroids into or around a facet joint. The local anaesthetics numb the nerves to the facet joint to give pain relief. The steroids reduce inflammation and may make the pain relief last longer.