Many rheumatology diseases are chronic illnesses, so they are unlikely to go away. While there may not be a cure for your condition, effective management is available for most conditions and many people with rheumatic disease lead satisfying lives for many years.
Non-surgical treatment including medications, often in conjunction with appropriate physical therapy and exercise programs, can relieve pain and increase function. Your rheumatologist can work closely with your primary care physician to identify your rheumatic problem and design an individualized treatment plan to help alleviate your pain and increase your ability to walk, move and function at your best.
Your rheumatologist may prescribe one of the following types of medication to treat your rheumatic disease:
- Non-narcotic analgesics
- Narcotic analgesics
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs)
- Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
- Biologic Response Modifiers (Biologics)