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How are inflammatory joint diseases treated?

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There are a number of treatment options for inflammatory joint diseases, including medications, rest, exercise, and surgery to correct joint damage. Doctors try to:

  • Treat the underlying inflammatory disease and decrease inflammation
  • Relieve pain by medication and activity modification
  • Maintain joint movement, muscle strength, and overall function through physical therapy and exercise
  • Decrease stress on the joints by using braces, splints, or canes as needed

The specific combination of treatments will depend on things like the type of disease you have, how severe your symptoms are, your age, your overall health, medications you take, and your medical history.

SOURCE:

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 28, 2019

SOURCE:

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 28, 2019

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