Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints. The goal of management is to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, prevent joint damage, and improve overall quality of life.

Treatment options may include:

1. Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and biologic response modifiers (biologics) are commonly prescribed to manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

2. Physical therapy: Exercises and physical therapy can help improve joint mobility, strengthen muscles, and reduce pain.

3. Lifestyle modifications: Maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, and avoiding activities that put excessive strain on the joints can help manage symptoms.

4. Assistive devices: The use of assistive devices such as braces, splints, or canes can help reduce joint stress and improve mobility.

5. Surgery: In severe cases, joint replacement surgery may be recommended to replace damaged joints with artificial ones.

It is important for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis to work closely with their healthcare team to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their specific needs and goals. Regular monitoring and follow-up appointments are also essential to ensure that the treatment plan is effective and adjusted as needed.

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