Going to therapy may be an option to improve joint flexibility. The therapists may also be able to teach you new ways to do tasks.
Hydrotherapy application of heat and cold water can help with pain, too. Cold is used to dull the sensation of pain. Heat can help relax tense muscles.
Stay relaxed, to reduce muscle tension and control pain. There have been studies to show that guided imagery can help with pain control.
Foods high in omega-3 essential fatty acids can reduce inflammation and pain. Eating a more plant-based diet increases fiber and nutrients that help reduce inflammation and those are important to include in you diet as well, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
In addition to eating foods that reduce inflammation, it is important to avoid foods that increase inflammation. Fried foods or meats cooked at high temperatures increase the amount of advanced glycation end products. AGEs have been found in people who have inflammation, so there is a concern that they are linked.
Can medications help?
There are medications that can reduce pain, called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. NSAIDs provide temporary relief from pain, and reduce inflammation.
Corticosteroid medications also reduce inflammation and slow symptoms. The problem with corticosteroids are the side effects that cause damage to the bones, tissue, as well as weight and blood sugar issues. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can slow the progression of RA, and protect the joints and tissues from damage.
For advanced stages of the disease
Surgery is an option. Joint replacement removes the damaged part of the joint, and replaces with a metal or plastic one.
Tendons connect muscles to bones. Joint damage can cause tendons to loosen or rupture. Surgery can sometime repair the tendons. When joints are unstable or no longer aligned properly, they can sometimes be surgically fused for pain relief.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that can be managed in a number of different ways.