Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Denver
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive inflammatory joint disease caused by an autoimmune disorder where a patient’s own immune system attacks and destroys their joints. Over time as the immune system continues to attack the articular cartilage of the joints, the joints may become deformed resulting in loss of motion and function of the joint. In severe cases, individuals with rheumatoid arthritis can become disabled from pain and/or loss of function of the extremities. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in females and can attack the body’s organs as well.
Are there any Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis can be treated with:;
- Medications that block the body’s immune response to try to minimize the damage to the joints and other organs. These drugs include: corticosteroids (Prednisone), disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (Methotrexate), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen), and antimalarial drugs (Plaquenil). Many of these medications have serious side effects and require close monitoring by a physician.
- Physical therapy can also be helpful to delay the loss of joint function and range of motion. When medications and physical therapy cannot prevent destruction of the joints or the pain becomes too severe, surgery is sometimes necessary to regain joint range of motion and function.
- A total shoulder replacement can be done to replace the diseased joint with metal and plastic to restore the joint’s normal function and range of motion.