Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
for rheumatoid arthritis involves the use of a combination of medications,
as no specific medication is available till date. The medications used
in the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis help reduce joint inflammation
and pain, maximize joint function, and prevent joint destruction and
deformity. The treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is said to be optimal
only if a combination of medications, rest, joint strengthening exercises,
joint protection, and patient education are carried out properly. Any
treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is usually customized according to
many factors such as disease activity, types of joints involved, general
health, age, and patient occupation. The treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
can be successful only with the close cooperation between the doctor,
patient, and family members.
The NSAIDs and corticosteroids used in the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis helps relieve only the joint inflammation and pain and do not prevent joint destruction or deformity. As a result, the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis requires medications other than NSAIDs and corticosteroids, to stop progressive damage to cartilage, bone, and adjacent soft tissues. The medications used in the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis to prevent joint destruction or deformity are called as Disease-modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs). This type of medication used in the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis takes a few weeks to months to become effective.
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