Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the joints, causing them to feel painful and stiff. It can be a debilitating condition that significantly impacts the quality of life of those who suffer from it, for example, someone’s ability to work. Thankfully, there are several ways to manage the pain and inflammation caused by RA, including lifestyle changes, medication and alternative therapies, we explore these and more below…
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation in the joints as the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, resulting in swelling and stiffness. RA can affect multiple joints throughout the body and can cause damage to other areas of the body including bones and even organs.
How can you manage pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis?
Diet: Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help reduce inflammation and manage pain associated with RA. Foods that are high in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Exercise: Regular exercise can help reduce joint pain and stiffness associated with RA. Low-impact exercises such as walking and swimming can help improve flexibility and reduce inflammation.
Medication: There are several medications available to help manage pain and inflammation associated with RA. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain and inflammation while disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can help slow down the progression of the disease.
How Dr Stephanie Barrett can help
Dr Stephanie Barrett is a rheumatology specialist at the Chelsea Rheumatology Clinic Ltd. If you’re suffering from RA, she may be able to help you in the following ways:
Develop a personalised treatment plan: As a consultant physician and rheumatologist with years of experience, Dr Stephanie Barrett can help you manage pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis by creating personalised treatment plans tailored to your specific condition.
Provide expert medical advice: Dr Barrett’s expertise in rheumatology allows her to provide patients with comprehensive medical advice on the most effective treatments for managing rheumatoid arthritis, including the use of biologic therapies.
Liaise with other healthcare professionals: Dr Barrett recognises that each patient’s situation is unique, and will work with other healthcare professionals to ensure that you receive the most effective treatment possible.
Contact us today to learn more!