What are treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis?
There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis; however, early intervention has been shown to be greatly beneficial for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis to function almost to normal levels and remain in remission. The goal of treatment includes reducing inflammation, pain, and preventing permanent joint and other organ damage (eye, lung, nerves). Treatment options have evolved over the years. Although medications appear to be the most common method for the management of rheumatoid arthritis, TeleMed2U rheumatologists offer integrative, holistic treatment approaches as well, based upon a “S.E.N.S.E.” - ible approach: Stress management, Exercise, Nutrition, Sleep & positive social Engagements.
Here are the different types of medications currently available for rheumatoid arthritis:
*If you are taking methotrexate, make sure you are also taking a folic acid supplement like MTX Advanced Support: https://theralogix.com/products/mtx-support-folic-acid-b12-supplement
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If medications fail, what are other treatment options available?
Surgery may be considered for managing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms when medications fail to provide relief of symptoms or the joint has become severely damaged. The goal of surgery is to restore the function of the damaged joint and reduce pain. Some surgical procedures that may be considered include:
Fortunately, since the development and proper use of biologic agents in the late 1990s, the need for joint surgery in RA patients have steadily declined.
Are there other treatment options available for rheumatoid arthritis other than medications or surgery?
Yes. It is believed that medication alone cannot tackle rheumatoid arthritis, and various self-management techniques may be helpful. Patient education and support is vital for understanding how to manage this condition. Therefore, a multidisciplinary approach with several different healthcare providers will be needed. A healthy diet, cessation of smoking, exercise, and even physical therapy may all be used as tactics to help reduce the symptoms that occur from rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis can be debilitating, however when an individualized, integrative treatment program is created with our physicians at TeleMed2U, you will be able to live your best life, managing your RA while taking the least amount of medications.