Healthy joint vs. damaged joint

Healthy joint vs. damaged joint

Healthy joint vs. damaged joint

Healthy joint compared to damaged joint

In some types of inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks the joint lining (synovium). This causes inflammation. Over time this inflammation can damage the cartilage and bone. It can also loosen ligaments and tendon attachments.

Current as of: December 8, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff

Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Rheumatology

Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics