There are a variety of different treatment approaches to rheumatoid arthritis, including lifestyle changes, medications, physical therapy, and surgical options.
Regular exercise and a balanced diet can help manage the disease even if you’ve already developed it, as these changes can reduce joint inflammation and stress. However, while this approach effectively tackles risk factors for RA, it won’t resolve all symptoms.
A doctor may provide one or more of several different types of medications for rheumatoid arthritis pain relief, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, and biologics. Generally, these drugs decrease joint inflammation to reduce the pain caused by RA.
If these approaches fail to effectively relieve the pain caused by your rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor may recommend surgery to either replace the affected joints or correct a deformity that may be contributing to your condition.