What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Why Are Rest and Exercise Important for RA?
You need to be active, but you also have to pace yourself. During flare-ups, when joint inflammation gets worse, it’s best to rest the joints. Using a cane or joint splints can help during flare-ups.
When joint inflammation gets better, you need to exercise to your keep joints flexible and to strengthen the muscles that surround them. Low-impact activities, such as brisk walking or swimming, and gentle stretching can help. You may want to work with a physical therapist at first.
When Is Surgery Needed?
When joint damage from the rheumatoid arthritis has become severe or pain is not controlled with drugs, surgery may help.
Is There a Cure?
Although there isn't a cure for rheumatoid arthritis, early, aggressive treatment has been shown to help prevent disability and increase the chance to attain remission.