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Diagnosis and Treatment Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you suspect that you may have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, we explain what you can expect when you consult with your physician, and discuss available treatment options.

Painful, swollen joints could be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease affecting approximately three times as many women as men. Early diagnosis is important to minimizing the effects of the disease. You can expect that your physician may use several tests to determine whether you have rheumatoid arthritis. Be prepared to describe your symptoms and explain the pain you feel. Your evaluation will probably include the following:

If you are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, you and your physicians will consider a number of treatments designed to address several aspects of the disease:

Other treatments are being developed to offer additional therapy options to rheumatoid arthritis patients. Researchers hope to develop drugs that can block the processes that trigger arthritis. Remember that rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease: stem cell transplantation may someday be able to reconstitute a patient’s immune system, removing the triggers of the disease. Still other studies are evaluating markers that would enable us to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis before the disease process is underway. With early diagnosis, patients have multiple treatment options today, and can look forward to the introduction of additional promising treatments in the future.

When to seek treatment for your arthritis

Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of only two surgery centers nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Start your journey to healthier joints. Find your arthritis expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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