Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. The pain can be horrible. Knowing more about the condition can help you to find the right rheumatoid arthritis treatments London for you.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis can happen when your immune system starts to damage your own tissues. This causes the swelling, pain and damage to the joints. If left unaddressed, the damage can become permanent. This condition can occur to anyone of any age. The sooner you seek rheumatoid arthritis treatment London, the smaller the ultimate impact on your life.
Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is treated by trying to reduce the inflammation in the joints. There is no cure. Treatments just focus on reducing the impact of symptoms and reducing damage. There are a few different treatment options.
DMARDs – Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs are one common option. They block the action of your immune system
Biological Treatments are a newer option. They can work in combination with DMARDs or replace them. They also try to block the action of your immune system.
JAK inhibitors are the newest treatment option. Specialists offer these if you can’t take either of the other options for some reason.
Physiotherapy can be a treatment option. The therapist works with you to try and strength the muscles around the joints. It can also help with improving the flexibility of joints.
Surgery can be an option. This is an option if your joints are heavily damaged. This can involve trimming of cartilage or tissue, the release of tendons or joint replacement.
Book an Appointment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments London
If you are based in London and need treatment, then why not see a specialist. Dr Stephanie Barrett is a leading consultant physician and rheumatologist. She has clinics across London. Why not make an appointment today?