Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the joints that affects the bone. This type of arthritis can affect any age. Individuals may have:
Difficulty moving the joints
Pain that lasts for months after injury
Decreased range of motion of the affected joint
Rheumatoid arthritis can occur after any medical condition that can affect the immune system, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, multiple sclerosis, HIV-like virus 1, HIV-like virus 2, or cancer. However, joint damage that occurs after a tumor or surgery is rare.
Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Certain types of medications can be used to help control pain. Most treatments help people with Rheumatoid Arthritis learn to move normal joints again. Many medications can also be used to treat other conditions. Routine preventive care and treatment for a condition increases the likelihood of long-term benefits.
Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis includes:
Medications. Antibiotics, vitamins, and other medicines that help control pain are often prescribed to help ease the symptoms.
Antibiotics, vitamins, and other medicines that help control pain are often prescribed to help ease the symptoms. Surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis medications and surgery can help reduce joint swelling and inflammation, particularly if the cause of arthritis is a medical condition that involves increased blood pressure, an increased risk of blood clots, or diabetes.
Rheumatoid arthritis medications and surgery can help reduce joint swelling and inflammation, particularly if the cause of arthritis is a medical condition that involves increased blood pressure, an increased risk of blood clots, or diabetes. Physical therapy. Physical therapy can help reduce muscle tension and stiffness and help the patient learn how to use the affected joints again by increasing range of motion, strengthening muscles, and releasing muscles.
Physical therapy can help reduce muscle tension and stiffness and help the patient learn how to use the affected joints again by increasing range of motion, strengthening muscles, and releasing muscles. Orthotic devices. Orthotic devices, or devices that fit inside the joints that are damaged, can help the joints move more easily by stabilizing them and supporting the nerves. A variety of devices are available.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is treatable when diagnosed early with appropriate treatment. However, Rheumatoid Arthritis can be a lifelong disease.
Complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis that can occur include infections. When a person has HIV/AIDS or another infection, they can be at higher risk of having another serious infection. If an infected person has this disease, an infection in his or her lymph nodes that is not treated properly may lead to another infection.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects the skin, joints, bone, tendons, muscles, eyes, and other structures. The disease usually begins along your spine but can occur along your arms, upper legs, feet, and back. The disease often begins slowly.
Although the exact cause of the disease can vary based on your individual genetic make-up, rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a protein called TGF-beta and it is found in the body's immune defense system.
TGF-beta has been linked to arthritis, immune dysfunction, fibromyalgia (migraine), and other ailments. There is increasing scientific evidence that TGF-beta is responsible for rheumatoid arthritis, although further research is required for these links to be proven.
As with any medical condition, prevention is the key. Although you can reduce inflammation (inflammation is the body's response to disease) by getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy diet, you cannot change the way your body responds to disease.
In the short term, you can do some simple things, such as limiting stress, having low-fat diets, and limiting intake of animal products. For the long term, you must address any underlying causes of inflammation. For example, the cause of ulcers is likely a food or stress causing the ulcers. To determine just how or what the underlying cause is, you should consult your doctor.
Most arthritis treatments only work for short periods of time. The aim of these treatments is to slowly restore function to the affected joints and help reduce the symptoms of arthritis and inflammation. They are not cures and they are not guaranteed to be effective. These methods include:
Surgery. For patients with severe arthritis, surgery is the most common treatment for most arthritis cases. A procedure called osteosynthesis is the term used to describe the treatment. This is where a small incision is made in your arm and a special bone is formed by being used for the purpose. Osteosynthesis is usually done under local anesthesia.
The surgery is often associated with a longer recovery than some other treatments. Therefore, your doctor may have you return to your doctor in order to receive periodic follow-up testing for pain, function, and other information. If you are able to fully return to the same activities and perform these normal activities, you can start the treatment the following day. Once your arthritis symptoms have recovered, the joint healing is slow and healing may take three to six months. Your surgeon may order a follow-up visit at least every six months to collect more data before prescribing another treatment plan.
Your doctor may also recommend other treatments. There are some painkillers and anti-inflammatory/pain medications that can help reduce pain, muscle stiffness, and stiffness of the joints. Others may help to lessen a patient's fatigue or decrease fatigue during exercise.