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Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?

Diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis may be difficult in the early stages, because symptoms may be very subtle and go undetected on x-rays or blood tests. In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for rheumatoid arthritis may include the following:



  • x-ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
  • joint aspiration - involves a removal of fluid from the swollen bursa to exclude infection or gout as possible causes.
  • biopsy (of nodules tissue) - a procedure in which tissue samples are removed (with a needle or during surgery) from the body for examination under a microscope; to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.
  • blood tests (to detect certain antibodies, called rheumatoid factor, and other indicators for rheumatoid arthritis)
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Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis:

Specific treatment for rheumatoid arthritis will be determined by your physician based on:
  • your age, overall health, and medical history
  • extent of the condition
  • your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
  • expectations for the course of the condition
  • your opinion or preference
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Treatment may include:

  • splints
    Splints may be used to help protect the joints and strengthen the weak joints.
  • physical therapy
    Physical therapy may be used to help increase the strength and movement of the affected areas.
  • surgery
    Surgery may be performed if the above treatment options fail. The decision for surgery should be made in consultation with your physician. Repair or reconstruction of the hand and wrist can be performed in a variety of ways, including the following:
    • surgical cleaning
      This option may be performed on patients with rheumatoid arthritis, or other types of hand arthritis. Inflamed and diseased tissues within the hands can be removed to help increase function.
    • joint replacement
      This type of surgery, also called arthroplasty, may be used in cases of severe arthritis of the hand. This option may be performed on older patients, with a lower activity level. Joint replacement may provide a decrease in pain and an increase in function of the hands and fingers. This involves replacing a joint that has been destroyed by the disease process with an artificial joint. This artificial joint may be made out of metal, plastic, silicone rubber, or the patient's own body tissue (such as the tendon).
    • joint fusion
      This option usually involves removing the joint and fusing together two ends of bones. This makes one large bone, without a joint. This option is usually used on patients with advanced arthritis. After the fusion of the bone, there is an elimination of movement in the fused joint.
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