Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis. Although there is no cure, many medications and non-pharmaceutical treatments can significantly improve the quality of life. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can push RA symptoms into remission. Biological therapies work even more quickly than DMARDs by suppressing the immune system. Scientists have also studied treating rheumatoid arthritis with vaccines.
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Unfortunately, compliance with the medications prescribed for RA is low, ranging from 14%-80% in studies. Luckily, lifestyle habits such as diet, movement, and sleep can significantly impact how patients with RA feel and function. As discussed in this newsletter. small steps can make a big difference in coping with this condition.
Positive Psychology for the Relief of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Some research has found that positive psychology, which embraces skills such as expressing gratitude and living in the moment, can neutralize the symptoms of RA. Additionally, these practices might help to relieve the stress and depression frequently encountered when dealing with a chronic disease. The techniques can even help patients stick to their medical management plan.
Working With a Rheumatoid Arthritis Care Team
By working with a rheumatologist, patients can better than ever effectively treat the inflammation caused by RA. Besides your rheumatologist, your care team might include:
- A physical therapist.
- An occupational therapist.
- A social worker.
- A mental health professional.
- An orthopedic surgeon.
- A registered dietitian.