How We Can Help
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Information
We offer treatment based on current care guidelines and your preferences. Options include:
- Education. IU Health professionals can help you use diet and exercise to reduce inflammation and manage symptoms.
- Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). DMARDs are a mainstay of rheumatoid arthritis treatment. They can ease symptoms, delay the course of the disease and improve your quality of life.
- Biologic response modifiers. These genetically engineered medications, which are also DMARDs, are used for severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis. They disrupt the immune system responses that lead to joint inflammation.
- Other medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and oral or injectable low-dose corticosteroids can help to alleviate symptoms such as pain and swelling.
- Physical therapy. An individualized exercise plan designed by IU Health physical therapists can help you to build flexibility and strength and avoid joint problems.
- Surgery. When patients have severe joint damage, surgery can often help to restore function and relieve pain. Options include joint cleaning to remove inflamed tissue, joint replacement (also called arthroplasty) to place an artificial joint and joint fusion to join two bones.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Services
Resources to help people who have rheumatoid arthritis are available from a variety of organizations. The following sites assist patients in understanding the condition, choosing appropriate treatments and living fuller lives.
A Sampling of Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Services
American College of Rheumatology
This group, representing rheumatologists and other rheumatology professionals, highlights the basics of the condition and details newer treatment options.
This nonprofit organization provides people who have rheumatoid arthritis and related conditions with advice on healthcare providers, exercise classes and other matters.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This U.S. government site presents an overview of rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis, treatment, risk factors and other information.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
This site includes information geared toward rheumatoid arthritis patients and their families and outlines ongoing research efforts.