Dr. Ruderman explains if arthritis medications will affect joints that do not need treatment.
As far as we know, there is no damage to healthy joints by the medications that you are taking for the arthritis. It depends on what you are taking and ideally your physician should help you select the drug that is really appropriate for the type of arthritis that you have, and if so, it should not have any impact on your other joints.
About Dr. Ruderman, M.D.:
Dr. Eric M. Ruderman, M.D., is associate professor in the division of rheumatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He is also a board member of the Arthritis Foundation of Greater Chicago.
Dr. Ruderman graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, New York. He completed his residence at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship training in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.