Rheumatism occurs at different ages and is a very common condition. Rheumatism is a collective name for about 100 various chronic conditions. Popularly, however, rheumatism often means 'rheumatoid arthritis'. Rheumatism often causes stiffness and pain in the joints, muscles and tendons. Contrary to popular belief, rheumatism is NOT a family or hereditary disease. It is not yet known exactly how rheumatism develops.
Rheumatism, often referred to as 'Rheumatoid Arthritis', is an autoimmune disease. To protect the body against diseases, the body makes antibodies. In an autoimmune disease, it is the case that the antibodies, which the body produces itself, start to defend against the body. This is due to the fact that the tissue within the hand is perceived as “foreign”. This will cause swelling and inflammation that are painful and sensitive; rheumatism. A wrist brace is very effective for people with osteoarthritis in the hands and wrists.
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Rheumatism develops gradually. In the early stages, nothing will be noticed yet about the joints. At a later stage, fingers may feel sensitive and stiff. Many studies are underway to discover the exact cause of rheumatism. Until now it can be concluded that rheumatism can occur at all different ages and that the dysfunction of the autoimmune system takes place. The autoimmune system can become disrupted by bacterial infections, stress or excessive stress. What we do know is that rheumatism is more common in women than men .
With rheumatism it is important that advice is sought from a doctor or specialist. He will prescribe medicines for you. You will also be referred to a medical specialist for movement exercises to reduce the stiff feeling.
A hand brace can provide extra support for everyday actions. ProBrace can advise the following thumb braces for your hand:
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