Rheumatoid Arthritis is a inflammatory disease, where the immune system attacks parts of the body, including the joints. Joints often look red, hot, and swollen. Rheumatoid Arthritis commonly affects the hands and feet but can affect the hips and knees. Symptoms include pain and stiffness with swelling of joints as well as associated symptoms of lethargy and generally feeling unwell.
The majority of patients are very well treated by their Rheumatologists, with disease modifying drugs and anti-inflammatory tablets. When symptoms cannot be adequately controlled, surgery can help. Hip and knee replacements are successful, in treating rheumatoid arthrosis of these joints.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis sadly, the symptoms of pain and swelling are in the majority of cases very well treated with non-operative measures.
Very often simply by taking pain killers and avoiding straining of the affected joints can lead to good symptom control.
When non- operative measures have failed, patients may be surgical candidates.