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Speak to a board-certified doctor securely from your phone or computer to discuss rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease, which causes the body to mistakenly attack itself. This causes inflammation of the affected body parts, usually the joints, but can damage other parts of the body such as the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels. With our telehealth platform, you can meet with a top online doctor, and discuss a care plan and treatment options if you qualify.

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Request Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Request Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Doctors and patients can work together to diagnose and treat rheumatoid arthritis. PlushCare makes it easy to have a video consultation with one of our doctors, who can talk to you about your symptoms, refer you to specialists and specialty Rheumatologists, and prescribe certain appropriate medications if you qualify. Then, simply pick up your prescription from your local pharmacy.

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PlushCare maintains a 97% patient satisfaction rating. You can speak with a top doctor from your phone or computer about rheumatoid arthritis treatment from the convenience of home, without any waiting rooms. PlushCare only employs doctors who are graduates of top 50 U.S. medical schools. We’re really proud of the care we offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cure for rheumatoid arthritis?

There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but there are many medications that can not only help ease the pain of symptoms, but slow disease activity. Medications that ease symptoms are called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Many NSAIDs are available over the counter such as ibuprofen and Advil, but stronger anti inflammatory medications such as steroids are available by prescription from a PlushCare doctor if you qualify.

 

NOTE: PlushCare does not offer biologic therapies for rheumatoid arthritis. Our doctors can refer you to specialty Rheumatologists, who may be able to prescribe biologic therapies as part of treatment.

What are signs of rheumatoid arthritis?

It is important to recognize the signs of rheumatoid arthritis because the earlier it is detected, the earlier it can be treated, preventing damage that can be caused to the joints. Some symptoms to look for are pain, tenderness, swelling, or stiffness in one joint or more (typically in smaller joints like the wrists or knuckles). Rheumatoid arthritis may also result in fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite.

What are medications for rheumatoid arthritis?

Medications that slow disease activity are called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, DMARDs. These slow the progression of the disease to prevent long term damage to joints. Some examples of some medications are methotrexate (Trexall, Otrexup, others), leflunomide (Arava), hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and sulfasalazine (Azulfidine).

 

Another newer class of DMARDs are biologic response modifiers. These can work well on their own or in conjunction with DMARDs. Some examples of these medications are abatacept (Orencia), adalimumab (Humira), anakinra (Kineret), baricitinib (Olumiant), certolizumab (Cimzia), etanercept (Enbrel), golimumab (Simponi), infliximab (Remicade), rituximab (Rituxan), sarilumab (Kevzara), tocilizumab (Actemra) and tofacitinib (Xeljanz).

 

Speak with a doctor to determine what medication or treatment option could be appropriate for you.

How do you treat rheumatoid arthritis without drugs?

While there are many medications available, some simple changes could help ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Balance exercise and rest. Low impact activity can improve range of motion in joints while strengthening muscles. Physical therapists that specialize in rheumatoid arthritis can recommend specific exercises to help. Our doctors can help you with an exercise prescription, and a physical therapy referral if needed.
  • Get enough rest, as it is important to give the joints time to reduce inflammation. Chronic insomnia can make your symptoms worse.
  • Having a diet that does not include inflammatory foods can also help. Certain foods that are rich in antioxidants can help control and reduce inflammation.
  • Reduce any excess weight you may be carrying. Weight loss also can help reduce inflammation and inflammatory symptoms. If you have struggled to lose weight on your own, PlushCare doctors can also help with this.
  • A final option is surgery. Surgery may never be necessary, but can sometimes reduce pain and improve function. Some procedures that are routinely performed to help rheumatoid arthritis are synovectomies, tendon repairs, joint fusions, and total joint replacements.

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