While there are many medications available, some simple changes could help ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Balance exercise and rest. Low impact activity can improve range of motion in joints while strengthening muscles. Physical therapists that specialize in rheumatoid arthritis can recommend specific exercises to help. Our doctors can help you with an exercise prescription, and a physical therapy referral if needed.
Get enough rest, as it is important to give the joints time to reduce inflammation. Deep breathing exercises can also help. Chronic insomnia can make your symptoms worse.
Reduce any excess weight you may be carrying. Weight loss also can help reduce inflammation and inflammatory symptoms. If you have struggled to lose weight on your own, PlushCare doctors can also help with this. Even a small amount of weight loss can make a big impact on symptoms.
Having a diet that eliminates inflammatory sugars and starches can also help. Certain foods that are rich in antioxidants can help control and reduce inflammation. Focusing on high-quality protein in the diet can help your body heal and keep excess weight under control.
A final option is surgery. Surgery may never be necessary, but can sometimes reduce pain and improve function. Some procedures that are routinely performed to help rheumatoid arthritis are synovectomy, tendon repair, joint fusion, and joint replacement surgery.