by EBSCO Medical Review Board

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) problems vary from person to person. Other treatments that may help manage symptoms are:

  • Heat packs to promote blood flow to a joint
  • Cold packs to ease swelling
  • Physical therapy to improve muscle strength and range of motion
  • Occupational therapy to learn new ways to do everyday tasks, such as buttoning or zipping clothes

References

Aletaha D, Smolen JS. Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Review. JAMA. 2018 Oct 2;320(13);1360-1372.

Rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/rheumatoid-arthritis. January 27, 2020.

Rheumatoid arthritis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/musculoskeletal-and-connective-tissue-disorders/joint-disorders/rheumatoid-arthritis-ra. Updated December 2018. Accessed January 27, 2020.

Rheumatoid arthritis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Rheumatic%5FDisease/default.asp. Updated September 2019. Accessed January 27, 2020.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:  https://www.dynamed.com/condition/rheumatoid-arthritis-ra . Updated May 22, 2019. Accessed January 27, 2020.

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