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Medications, lifestyle changes, routine healthcare visits, and sometimes surgery are all important parts of a person's rheumatoid arthritis management plan. In addition, each person's plan will be unique. That's because the disease affects people differently. Some experience symptoms temporarily, and then the condition subsides; for others, the disease is chronic and will require long-term management.
Regardless of the specific ways you and your healthcare team choose to manage your rheumatoid arthritis, the goals are the same and include:
  • Relieving pain
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Slowing down or stopping joint damage
  • Improving your sense of well-being and ability to function.
(Click Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment to learn about the specific ways in which this disease is managed, including alternative and complementary therapies.)
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