The Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 07, 2013

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  • Rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with medications, surgery and therapy.
  • Usually, non-steroidal inflammatory medications are first prescribed to the patient.
  • All forms of treatments have their own risks and consequences.
  • Make sure that you talk about everything that you should know before undergoing surgery.

With old age comes a tide of physical and mental problems. The memory retires and captures only nostalgia, the body withers and is packed by powdery bones and the voice shrinks to whispers. And, of all these factors that are so inevitably attached to old age, there is one traumatising consequence of this period of life that even the young fear of: rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatmentRheumatoid arthritis is a painful medical condition that causes severe inflammation and pain in the joints because of accumulation of excessive fluid. It is an established fact that rheumatoid arthritis does not have any treatment and for the inflammation to reduce there are several medications that are prescribed case-by-case. For those suffering from a mild case of rheumatoid arthritis, certain types of therapies may be used to treat it. But, for those suffering from severe case of arthritis, surgery may be the only treatment available. Below are further details of each type of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.



Most of the medications for rheumatoid arthritis have severe side-effects. So, a lot of doctors prescribe those medications that have the fewest side-effects. As the disease progresses, people may need stronger drugs or a combination of drugs to soothe their condition. Some of the drugs prescribe include the following:

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: these can relieve inflammation and relieve pain. One of the most popular over-the-counter NSAID is ibuprofen. If this does not work for you, the doctor will prescribe for a stronger one. Stronger NSAIDs are not sold over the counter without prescription.

Steroids: these medications reduce pain and slow damage caused to the joint. Some of the side-effects of taking these include weight gain, thinning of bones, diabetes and cataracts.

Other drugs that may be prescribed include disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, TNF-alpha inhibitors, immunosuppressants and rheumatoid drugs that target inflammation.


Therapy is recommended for those who have not seen much change in their condition despite being given medication. In therapy, the doctor or therapist teaches the patient exercises that help to keep joint flexible. New ways of performing daily tasks may without putting much stress on the joints may also be recommended by the therapist.


Surgery is recommended for those who have a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis and in those in which medications do not prevent or slow damage to joints. Surgery is done to repair the damaged joints and to help the patient restore his/her ability to use the joint effectively. Surgery can easily correct the deformities and reduce pain.

All these treatment measures for rheumatoid arthritis carry certain risks and consequences. It is necessary to weigh all these before fixing to go ahead with one.


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