If you notice that it becomes hard to recover from various traumas and even elementary injuries, you should know it might be the first warning symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. As an example, pretend one is having a fresh sprain. It can be any area of the lower or upper extremities, legs and hands. It could be an ankle. In case this routine trauma hurts too much and does not look like curing, it may be the symptom of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Adolescents and children face this problem more often than grown-ups.