Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Early and aggressive treatments for rheumatoid arthritis can halt the progression of the disease and
prevent symptoms from developing. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease so no treatment will entirely
cure it, but therapy for arthritis can put the patient in remission and delay its progression.
Treatment usually includes drugs, physical therapy, exercise, rest, and in some cases surgery.
There are anti-rheumatic drugs that can be effective against rheumatoid arthritis. Methotrexate and
leflunomide are most commonly prescribed. Sometimes anti-malarial drugs are used in conjunction with
methotrexate. Because anti-rheumatic medications have pretty severe side effects, periodic blood tests
are necessary to monitor any possible negative effects.
Along with anti-rheumatic drugs, anti-inflammatory medications are recommended. Aspirin and ibuprofen
are most commonly used. Steriods are also used to reduce inflammation.
Surgery can be used to remove the joint lining to relieve pain and increase the range of motion.
Joint replacement surgery can improve the quality of life.
There are natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis. While they will not cure the disease, they may
alleviate symptoms. Physical therapy and exercise can delay the onset of joint degradation. Hot and
cold treatments can alleviate the pain and reduce inflammation.
Many natural medicine practitioners recommend increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids. This can
by done by eating cold-water fish, walnuts, and flaxseed. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers can also
benefit by taking fish oil supplements.
Anti-inflammatory herbs may also help. Turmeric and ginger have strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Ample sleep also may help reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Eight to ten hours of sleep each night