How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?
A range of treatment options are available for rheumatoid arthritis, including: medicines to reduce inflammation, such as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologic medicines and corticosteroids; pain-relief medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen; physical therapy to improve mobility, and; surgery for severe joint damage or potential complications. Treatment should ideally start early to reduce the inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, and to limit further joint damage.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 26 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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