Rheumatoid arthritis

A long-term condition that can be managed with the right treatments to reduce discomfort and minimise flare-ups

About

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in multiple joints in your body. The symptoms usually affect your hands, feet and wrists. It is important that rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed early so that effective treatment can be given as soon as possible.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis icon plus

    Symptoms may include:

    • painful and swollen joints
    • stiffness
    • tiredness
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will speak to you about your symptoms, discuss your medical history and perform a physical examination of your affected joints. To confirm a diagnosis they may carry out blood tests or take an X-ray, CT scan or MRI scan of the affected joints.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Treatment options include:

    • over-the-counter painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    • disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
    • steroids
    • biologics, a new family of drugs specifically targeting molecules important in inflammation
    • in severe cases, surgery may be recommended; procedures include hip, knee and ankle replacements

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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