Can I Do Anything About Pain With RA?

Treatment Options

There is no single treatment that applies to everyone with pain from rheumatoid arthritis; but your healthcare provider will develop a management plan designed to minimize your specific pain and improve the function of your joints.
 
Treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis are typically split into two categories: short-term pain relief and long-term pain relief.
 
Some options for short-term pain relief may include:
 
  • Medications
  • Heat and cold
  • Joint protection
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Massage.
 
Long-term pain relief can include:
 

 

(Click Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief for more information about each of these specific options for treating pain.)

 

Alternative Therapies

Many people seek other ways of treating their disease, such as special diets or supplements. Although these methods may not be harmful in and of themselves, no research to date shows that they help. Some people have tried acupuncture, in which thin needles are inserted at specific points in the body.
 
Some alternative or complementary approaches may help you to cope with or reduce some of the stress of living with a chronic illness. It is important to inform your healthcare provider if you are using alternative therapies. If your healthcare provider feels the approach has value and will not harm you, it can be incorporated into your treatment plan. However, it is important not to neglect your regular healthcare or treatment of serious symptoms.
 
(Click Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis for more information on alternative therapy options such as vitamins, herbs, magnets, and acupuncture.)
 
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