RA typically affects the joints of the hands and fingers. Occasionally, it can affect the odonoid process, which is part of the connection between the skull and the upper cervical spine. Symptoms of rheumatoid pannus at the odontoid process include:
First, you’ll meet with your doctor for a physical exam. You’ll talk about your symptoms and your doctor may order imaging tests such as an X-ray, MRI or a CT scan.
If you’re diagnosed with RA, your Aurora team, which includes neurologists and neurosurgeons, will work with you to determine the best treatment options. Treatment for RA depends on how far the disease has progressed and which joints are affected.
RA treatment options may include: