Dr. Ruderman describes rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that involves many joints in the body, typically and in symmetrical fashion. We think of it as an autoimmune disease. It is a disease in which your own immune system is sort of revved up as if it is fighting off something foreign and that causes an inflammation that can hit the joints as well as other tissues in the body.
About Dr. Ruderman, M.D.:
Dr. Eric M. Ruderman, M.D., is associate professor in the division of rheumatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a board member of the Arthritis Foundation of Greater Chicago.
Dr. Ruderman graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, New York. He completed his residence at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship training in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.