Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Right Treatment is Key
About 1.3 million people in the United States live with rheumatoid arthritis, and as much as 1 percent of the worldwide population is affected by the chronic disease, which has no specific known cause. The most common initial clinical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling and redness that lasts longer than six consecutive months, with symptoms affecting multiple joints and symmetrical symptoms affecting both left and right sides of the body.
Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis includes a combination of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, steroids, biologic response modifiers, physical and occupational therapy, healthy diet and regular exercise, and, in severe cases, joint replacement surgery. Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis aims to stop inflammation, relieve symptoms, prevent joint and organ damage, improve physical function and wellbeing and reduce long-term complications from the disease.
Due to the fact that there are various treatments available for this chronic disease, patients should find the treatments that work best for them and pursue those. But how can one find what the optimal treatment is for his or her rheumatoid arthritis? An expert medical second opinion from a team of specialists at a WorldCare Consortium® hospital will provide the best recommended treatment plan.
WorldCare is the only organization with strategic, technological and operational relationships with top-ranked teaching and research hospitals in North America. These hospitals, which comprise The WorldCare Consortium®, represent more than 18,000 specialists and sub-specialists and have access to more than $3.5 billion dollars in annual biomedical research funding. This makes The WorldCare Consortium® unique in the depth and breadth of its medical expertise.
WorldCare’s medical second opinions confirm or modify a patient’s diagnosis, and in turn, provide the optimal treatment plan for members. In the case of a member with rheumatoid arthritis, a team of experts at a world-class research hospital of the WorldCare Consortium® will take an in-depth, multi-disciplinary approach to determine the most effective treatment plan in order to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, one of WorldCare’s standard covered conditions.
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