Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis
There is no cure for the condition although a number of things can be done to help manage the condition. The treatment will differ between patients but the aim is to manage symptoms and deal with the pain as well as flare ups. This could involve a number of lifestyle changes, medication, supportive treatments and surgery.
There is Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs available and these work by blocking the chemicals that are released when the immune system begins to attack the joints, helping to reduce the damage. There are also biological treatments available that prevent chemicals in the blood from activating the immune system before it attacks joints.
Patients can also take painkillers to ease the pain while corticosteroids can be used to help reduce the pain, inflammation and stiffness in joints. There is also a range of supportive treatments available such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry. In some cases, surgery is required to restore movement in the joint although in some cases a joint replacement may be required.