Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief—Surgery and Medication

Posted on 18. Jul, 2012 by in General Health Concerns

How can Rheumatoid Arthritis Be Treated?

Even with today’s modern technology, no cure has been found for rheumatoid arthritis. The primary cause is also unknown. But specialists have produce treatments that can reduce and prevent joint pain, swelling, bone erosion, and joint deformity. In some cases, your physician will suggest you to take occupational and physical therapy— these will teach you on how should you care and protect your joints; or surgery, when your rheumatoid arthritis have progressed greatly.

The Medications You Can Take

Medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis have potential treatment benefit, and at the same pose serious side-effects. You physician can prescribed a variety of medications.

Immunosuppressant – are agents that suppress the activity of the immune system, which mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues leading to rheumatoid arthritis. Imuran, Neoral, Azasan, Gengraf, Sandimmune, and Cytoxan are examples.

Aspirin and cortisone– relieve pain and inflammation. Also reduces fever. Side-effects like nausea, diarrhea, stomach ache, inability to clot blood, and bleeding can occur.

Methotrexate— can be consumed orally, or can be injected into the joint weekly. Methotrexate taken with Plaquenil is recommended for patients for rheumatoid arthritis relief; it lessens rheumatoid arthritis inflammation, and prevents joint deformity. Methotrexate has shown promising results compared to other rheumatoid arthritis medications. But like other medications, methotrexate has side-effects such as diarrhea, mouth sores, skin rash, hair loss, and fatigue.

Ibuprofen, naproxen, and etodolac— are other anti-inflammatory drugs that are effective in reducing swelling and pain. Medipren, Motrin, Advil, Naprosyn, and Lodine are examples.  Side-effects includes: abdominal pain, stomach ache, nausea, and gastrointestinal bleeding. These drugs are consumed after a meal.

TNF-alpha inhibitor—inflammatory compounds call Tumor necrosis factor-alpha, or TNF-alpha, is made by the body. The role of TNF-alpha inhibitor is to stop TNF-alpha from aggravating the affected joint by reducing the swelling, pain, and tenderness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgery

There are different kinds of surgical techniques for rheumatoid arthritis. It is best to consult a medical specialist, and discuss a treatment plan that will best lead to rheumatoid arthritis relief.

Osteotomy—is a procedure that is done by cutting a bone neighboring the affected join to change its alignment.  Physical therapy is taken by patients after undergoing osteotomy.

Are you a candidate for osteotomy?

  • You are under sixty years old
  • You are overweight
  • Your join shows no sign of inflammation
  • You join is deformed and uneven

Arthroscopy—commonly perform on the knee, arthroscopy is a procedure where a surgeon uses a arthroscope, a tube-like instrument that is used for viewing, that is infused into the affected area through incisions. Arthroscopy is performed for patients with conditions like torn surface cartilage by purging the inflamed tissues.

Are you a candidate for arthroscopy?

  • You have decrease mobility
  •  You suffer from torn cartilages

Synovectomy— is method where the abstraction of synovial membrane, the tissues that inflame when you have rheumatoid arthritis, is done.  If there are obstructions within the join, like ligaments, they can be move temporarily. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis in their wrists are good candidates for synvectomy.


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