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Rheumatism occurs at different ages and is a common condition. Rheumatism is a collective name for about 100 different chronic disorders. Rheumatism often causes stiffness and pain in the muscles, tendons and joints.
Rheumatism, also called 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 itself produces, will defend themselves against their own body. This is because the tissue within the hand is seen as "foreign". This will cause swelling and inflammation that is painful and sensitive.
Rheumatism occurs gradually. In the initial stage nothing will be noticed at the joints. At a later stage, fingers may feel sensitive and stiff. There are still many researches going on to discover the exact cause of rheumatism.
Up to now, it has been established that rheumatism can occur at all different ages and that there is disruption of the autoimmune system. The autoimmune system can be disrupted by bacterial infections, stress or excessive stress.
In rheumatism it is important that advice is sought from a doctor or specialist. These will prescribe medication. There will also be referred to a medical specialist for exercise exercises, to reduce the stiff feeling.
A hand brace can provide extra support for everyday actions. Probrace can recommend the following braces for your hand:
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