Swelling, pain, stiffness, and skin redness in the small joints of the hand can be symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, fingers joints may get stuck in certain positions, causing hand deformities.
Several treatments for rheumatoid arthritis can reduce or eliminate pannus, abnormal tissue that causes joint swelling and cartilage degeneration.
This page contains back pain treatment ideas that will not make rheumatoid arthritis joint pain worse or interfere with prescription medications. Many of these treatments can be done at home.
The 2010 Rheumatoid Arthritis Classification Criteria help doctors diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. Doctors may also use medical imaging, physical examinations, joint swelling, and blood tests to diagnose RA.
Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis are aimed to reduce pain, increase joint function, and slow or prevent further joint damage.