Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis - Topic Overview
Exercise can reduce pain and improve function in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition,exercise may help prevent the buildup of scar tissue,which can lead to weakness and stiffness. 1 Exercise for arthritis takes three forms: stretching,strengthening,and conditioning. Stretching involves moving joint and muscle groups through and slightly beyond their normal range of motion ...
Medical History and Physical Exam for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Your medical history and current medical condition are important factors that help your health professional diagnose and/or evaluate rheumatoid arthritis. To assess your medical history, your health professional may ask:How long symptoms have been present and whether there has been any pattern to them.Whether there is a family history of arthritis.Whether there are any other general symptoms ...
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Neck Symptoms - Topic Overview
When rheumatoid arthritis affects the neck joints,particularly those located at the top of the spine,spinal cord complications can occur. Bones and joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis may dislocate and press on the spinal cord. Pressure can cause numbness,pain,tingling,weakness,loss of bowel or bladder control,and unusual head and neck sensations. Pressure may also obstruct blood ...
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Adult Treatments That May Be Used in Children - Topic Overview
Children who have severe and persistent juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA),during or even after treatment,may be considered for therapies that have been proved to be safe and effective for adult rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune disease but have yet to be fully studied for juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Examples of such therapies include: Cyclosporine A. This is a cytotoxic medicine,...
Cyclophosphamide for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug details for Cyclophosphamide for rheumatoid arthritis.
Sulfasalazine for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Drug details for Sulfasalazine for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
Minocycline for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug details for Minocycline for rheumatoid arthritis.
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: School Partners - Topic Overview
Your child's teachers,school nurse,cafeteria staff,and physical education teachers can become helpful partners as your child copes with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)) at school. If you can,meet with your child's teachers and help them learn about JIA. Work with them to develop creative ways of dealing with your child's limitations and making the best of his or her abilities. If your ...
Comparing Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are different types of arthritis. Although they share some similar characteristics,each has different symptoms and requires different treatment. Therefore,an accurate diagnosis is important. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects about one-tenth as many people as osteoarthritis. The main difference between ...
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Serial Casting - Topic Overview
Some children who have developed mild to moderate contractures (knees,ankles,wrists,fingers,elbows) may benefit from serial casting. Serial casting is a temporary straightening and casting of the affected joint (for about 2 days). The cast is then removed,the child goes through some physical therapy,and a new cast is applied with the joint stretched a bit more. The procedure is repeated ...