Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease affects the small joints of the body. It typically attacks the lining of joints in the hands and of feet of its sufferers. RA can also attack any the organs of the body. There is no cure for RA, but using drugs including the newest biologic dugs can assist in controlling the disease. These drugs do this by suppressing the auto immune system and preventing it from attacking the systems of the body.

About 1.5 million people in the United States have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Nearly three times as many women have the disease as men. In women, RA most commonly begins between ages 30 and 60. In men, it often occurs later in life.
(http://www.arthritis.org/arthritis-facts/disease-center/rheumatoid-arthritis.php)

In addition to drug therapy it is important it is very important that the person engage in physical activity in order keep their joints flexible. Not moving can lead to excessive joint stiffness and painful swelling.

Here are a few more resources for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

arthritis-rad webmd-rad