What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
Managing rheumatoid arthritis
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As well as taking the medicines your doctor prescribes there are a number of other things you can do to stay active and not let rheumatoid arthritis take over your life.
Managing any kind of arthritis is about a combination of things
- taking some exercise, managing your weight, making sure you can
still do the things you enjoy. Even learning about rheumatoid
arthritis can help.
The next steps can help you continue to take an active role in
A physiotherapist may be able to help with your pain relief using specialist equipment. Physiotherapy may improve your muscle strength and joint flexibility, too. You may also be referred to an occupational therapist or a podiatrist.
Some people try acupuncture or massage to help relieve the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Or you might wonder if nutritional supplements, such as chondroitin, fish oil or glucosamine will help. But there’s not much evidence from research that these will work.
For some people medications do not manage to control the arthritis – if this happens with you, then you may be offered an operation on the damaged joint. Different types of surgery are available according to your particular needs:
Surgery on the fingers or wrist
Inflamed joint tissue is removed or tendons or ligaments released to allow more movement.
Inflamed tissue is removed from the joint through small cuts. Normally you don’t need to stay in hospital with this kind of surgery.
A hip or knee joint is partly or wholly replaced in a more major operation that will need a hospital stay and a period of rehabilitation.
Hip or knee replacement
The joint is removed and an artificial one put in place. This is major surgery with a hospital stay and rehabilitation is needed afterwards.
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