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Can medications help with rheumatoid arthritis joint deformities?

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Yes. As a first-line treatment, your doctor may suggest:

NSAIDs and corticosteroids can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Only DMARDs can stop the disease from taking a toll on your joints. That’s why doctors often start treatment with these drugs as soon as you’re diagnosed. In many cases, they can prevent joint deformities.

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “Joint Deformities in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Merck Manual: “Osteoarthritis of the Hand.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Bunions,” “Claw Toe.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Diagnosis (Beyond the Basics).”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: “Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).”

International Journal of Rheumatology : “Current Concepts in the Management of Rheumatoid Hand.”

University of Washington: “Hand and Wrist Arthritis.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Synovectomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Joint Replacement.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “Joint Deformities in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Merck Manual: “Osteoarthritis of the Hand.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Bunions,” “Claw Toe.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Diagnosis (Beyond the Basics).”

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: “Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: “Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).”

International Journal of Rheumatology : “Current Concepts in the Management of Rheumatoid Hand.”

University of Washington: “Hand and Wrist Arthritis.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Synovectomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Joint Replacement.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 21, 2019

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