It is a pain and destruction type arthritis, often leading to joint deformity and disability. It is considered an autoimmune disorder, that sometimes affects organs beyond the swelling inflamed joints.
Presently there is no cure, so the primary goals of rheumatoid arthritis treatment are:
- relieve pain
- reduce swelling
- lessen inflammation
- increase function-ability
- improve sense of well-being
- slow down or prevent joint damage
Some common treatments for rheumatoid arthritis inflammation and swelling pain are:
- stress reduction
- sometimes surgery
A major exercise treatment factor is discovering the right balance between rest and exercise. The key is resting more when the disease is active and exercise more when it isn’t.
Reducing stress is also very important. A regular routine of relaxation exercises or stress management techniques may help with your stress, such as:
Some use acupuncture as a joint inflammation, swelling and pain relief option with reported success.
Most people who have rheumatoid arthritis take various forms of medication. Some drugs provide relief for pain, while others help reduce inflammation. You might need to experiment with different types to discover which ones relieve your pain, inflammation and swelling.
Special diets, vitamin supplements, and other alternative approaches have been suggested for treating rheumatoid arthritis. Without definitive scientific evidence for direction in this area, this is an “on your own” type treatment method. Many have discovered unique ways for reducing some of their pain, inflammation and swelling rheumatoid affects in this manner.
Always discuss any self-experiment treatment plan with your health care provider before embarking on your alternative treatment adventure.