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Treatment & care

Learn about treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis.


Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis has the aim of reducing inflammation, reducing pain, maintaining mobility of the joints and slowing the progression of the disease.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be recommended to help relieve pain and swelling in the joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Biological treatments, sometimes called biologics, are a newer form of treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

Corticosteroids - often just called steroids - may be a treatment option for rheumatoid arthritis inflammation of joints and bones.

Physiotherapy may be recommended to help relieve rheumatoid arthritis joint pain and to help improve joint function and movement.

In some cases surgery may be recommended for joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Acupuncture is a complementary therapy some people consider for RA.

Many complementary and natural treatments have been touted for rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Many people try wearing copper bracelets to help reduce pain or stiffness from rheumatoid arthritis, however research suggests they have no real effect on pain, swelling, or disease progression.

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