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Treatments

  • Immunosuppressive medicines

    Doctors use a variety of medicines to stop the immune system from attacking healthy tissues, including:

    • Corticosteroids: slow the body's immune response to relieve swelling and pain
    • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs): suppress the immune system broadly to prevent swelling
    • Genetically engineered biologics: a newer type of DMARD that targets specific immune functions

    Some of the medicines can be taken orally, but others are given as an injection. Doctors use ultrasound-guided injections, which allows us to locate the area that’s causing pain and guide the injection of medicine directly to the source.

  • Physical and occupational therapies

    A physical therapist can show you exercises and stretches to keep your joints flexible. Your doctor may also send you to an occupational therapist, who can teach you new ways of doing things to protect your joints and recommend assistive devices — such as zipper pulls or buttoning aids for those with sore finger joints — to make everyday activities easier.

  • Surgery

    Although surgery may never be necessary for many people with rheumatoid arthritis, it can offer relief for those who have permanent joint damage that limits daily function. Our orthopedic surgeons are skilled in joint replacement, tendon repair, and other joint-restoring procedures . We use the most advanced, least-invasive techniques to help you move better, without pain.