Rheumatoid arthritis does not have a permanent cure. However, your doctor will be committed to work with you to come up with a treatment plan to help manage your symptoms.
During active inflammation (pain, swelling, redness), rest is usually recommended for some time. Medications may be prescribed as oral tablets or joint injections. Typically these include anti-inflammatory, steroids and/or DMARDS (Disease Modifying Anti-rheumatic Drugs). DMARDS play a central role in delaying the progression of disease and prevention of joint damage.
Your doctor may suggest a therapeutic exercise program (physiotherapy), occupational therapy and splints. The surgical option is availed only in severe cases and if the above measures are unsuccessful down the road. As Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect other organs, your physician will also take relevant complaints into consideration. For example, eye drops can be given for dry or irritated eyes.