Treating rheumatoid arthritis
There is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis. However, early diagnosis and treatment can control symptoms and help prevent disability. There is good evidence that early treatment and support can reduce joint damage and limit the impact of rheumatoid arthritis. Lifestyle changes, drug and non-drug treatments and surgery can all help reduce the negative effects of rheumatoid arthritis.
Disease control: reduce inflammation in the joints, prevent or slow joint damage
Symptom pain control: relieve pain
Improving function: reduce disability and provide support to help you live as active a life as possible.
- Medication – to relieve symptoms or slow progress of the condition
- Surgery – to correct joint problems – see more about surgery see our ‘Surgery’ page
- Supportive treatments – such as physiotherapy
- Complementary therapies – such as massage or acupuncture, which some people find helpful
To see more about medication see our ‘Medication’ page
To see more about surgery see our ‘Surgery’ page
To see more about physiotherapy see our ‘Healthcare team’ and ‘Physiotherapy Services’ pages
To see more about complementary therapies see our ‘Complementary Therapies’ page
Read more about how rheumatoid arthritis is treated.
NRAS has information on treatment for people newly diagnosed with RA:
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has produced