The cause of RA is unknown, but there is abundant evidence that the immune system plays a key role. Hence, most medication is aimed at ‘re-setting’ the immune system to make it less likely to cause inflammation in the joint, which leads to irreversible joint damage if not controlled.
There are now numerous different drugs for the treatment of RA, which target different arms of the immune system to bring about a resolution of the symptoms of the disease and prevent long-term joint damage. Additionally, physical complementary therapies have an important role in the overall, holistic, management of the disease.
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