What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic medical disorder where the body's immune system attacks the body's tissues. This can cause swelling, neck pain and/or deformed joints.
If you or your loved one have rheumatoid arthritis, an SOS specialist can provide total orthopedic care and symptom relief. SOS may be able to provide relief for you or your loved one's neck pain that's associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
To know whether rheumatoid arthritis may be the cause of you or your loved one's neck pain, it's essential to know the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Common rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Joint swelling
- Joint tenderness
- Joint stiffness that worsens in the morning and after being inactive
- Fatigue that's accompanied by a fever and weight loss
Because rheumatoid arthritis affects the joints, types of pain other than neck pain may also be a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Rheumatoid arthritis treatments can relieve neck pain and other symptoms. There are multiple types of rheumatoid arthritis treatments. Because of this, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
Common rheumatoid arthritis treatments include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Medications that are made to slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis, known as Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
- Physical therapy
- Joint replacement
- Surgery to reduce pain and fix deformities
An SOS neck pain specialist will create an individualized treatment plan that's best for you or your loved one's personal health. While SOS focuses first on conservative rheumatoid arthritis treatments, some patients may need surgery to get the symptom relief they need.
Get Neck Pain Relief and Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS)
Our team includes physicians and surgeons who are experienced in helping rheumatoid arthritis patients relieve neck pain and other symptoms. The experienced specialists at SOS can help improve you or your loved one's quality of life.