Rheumatoid Arthritis: Management and Progression

Treatment

Although rheumatoid arthritis can have serious effects on a person's life and well-being, current treatment strategies (including pain-relieving drugs and medications that slow joint damage, a balance between rest and exercise, and patient education and support programs) allow most people with the disease to lead active and productive lives.
 
Current treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis include:
 

 

In recent years, research has led to a new understanding of rheumatoid arthritis and has increased the likelihood that, in time, researchers will find even better ways to treat the disease.

 

Some people may also consider alternative therapies for rheumatoid arthritis (see Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis).

 

Progression of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis affects people differently. For some people, it lasts only a few months or a year or two and goes away without causing any noticeable damage. Other people have mild or moderate forms of the disease, with periods of worsening symptoms, called flares, and periods in which they feel better, called remissions. Others still have a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis that is active most of the time, lasts for many years or a lifetime, and leads to serious joint damage and disability.
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