Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing painful swelling and inflammation. This autoimmune response can damage the cartilage, bone, tendons, and ligaments in and around the joints. This type of arthritis is characterized by:

  • Joint swelling and stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Decreased ability to move joints
  • Fatigue

Rheumatoid arthritis often presents in the finger, wrist, and ankle joints, but it can affect other parts of the body as well. Symptoms can develop quickly or over a period of several years. Some people experience periods of remission where they don’t have significant joint pain or swelling.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, but it can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication. At Regional Cancer Care Associates, our medical team provides intravenous (IV) infusion treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. With multiple infusion centers throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area, patients can receive advanced medical care in a welcoming and comfortable setting.

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Note: Many health plans require the use of biosimilar medications, which are medications that have the same effect and the same structure as the originally prescribed drug (similar to a generic drug) but are less costly. 
Additional Information

While the exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, genetics may be a factor. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women than men, and the onset is often during middle age, in a person’s 40s or 50s. Doctors believe that smoking is a risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis as well.

If you think you may have rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor may use several tests to diagnose you, such as:

  • Blood work
  • X-rays
  • Joint count

The joint count will be part of a thorough physical exam. Your doctor will check each of your joints for pain, stiffness, and swelling. Your doctor will also go over your complete medical history. The combination of blood tests and a physical examination helps your doctor rule out more common conditions, like osteoarthritis.

Joint damage often happens within the first few years following a diagnosis, so it’s important to begin treatment right away to help preserve as much joint function as possible. The goal of treatment is to stop or reduce the inflammatory response that’s happening in the joints. Treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis include:

  • Medication
  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Assistive devices like splints to help maintain joint function
  • Surgery to help restore function to damaged joints

Many medications can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor will work with you to find the prescription that works best for you. Options for medication include:

  • Anti-rheumatics
  • Biologics that suppress the body’s immune response
  • COX-2 inhibitors
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Oral or injectable steroids

Biologics are typically given as an IV infusion. Patients using biologic treatment often see results within two to six weeks. Your doctor may recommend that you get infusion treatment in combination with oral medication.

Learn More About Infusion Therapy

If you are living with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, you may be a good candidate for biologic medications. The healthcare professionals at Regional Cancer Care Associates in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area, have extensive experience in administering intravenous medications and providing effective patient counseling and education. When you choose us as your infusion center, you have the comfort of knowing that you’re working with an expert medical team. For more information, contact us today.

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For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (844) 474-6866. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.