Rheumatoid arthritis treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment is a comprehensive approach aimed at managing the chronic autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. Multifaceted strategies are employed to alleviate symptoms, slow disease progression, and improve the patient’s overall quality of life. Medications form the cornerstone of RA treatment, including disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammation. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids may be prescribed for symptom relief.

The treatment plan is tailored to the individual’s needs, involving close collaboration between the patient and a rheumatologist for optimal outcomes. Regular monitoring and adjustments to the treatment plan are common to adapt to the evolving nature of the disease.

Dr. Pratik Dhabalia, a distinguished rheumatologist, adopts a patient-centric approach in the comprehensive treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). With expertise in autoimmune disorders, Dr. Dhabalia designs individualized treatment plans to manage RA effectively. His approach often involves a combination of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to suppress inflammation, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for symptom relief, and, when necessary, biologic agents targeting specific immune pathways.

Dr. Pratik Dhabalia prioritizes regular monitoring to assess treatment efficacy and adjust therapeutic strategies as needed. His holistic approach extends to incorporating physical therapy to maintain joint function and suggesting lifestyle modifications to enhance overall well-being. Known for his commitment to patient education,


What is the primary goal of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment?

The primary goal is to manage symptoms, reduce inflammation, slow disease progression, and improve the overall quality of life for individuals with RA.

Which medications are commonly prescribed for RA by Dr. Pratik Dhabalia?

Dr. Pratik Dhabalia may prescribe disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and, when necessary, biologics targeting specific immune pathways.

How does Dr. Dhabalia tailor treatment plans for individuals with RA?

Treatment plans are personalized based on factors such as the severity of RA, the patient’s overall health, and their response to specific medications.

What role does regular monitoring play in RA treatment under Dr. Dhabalia's care?

Regular monitoring allows Dr. Dhabalia to assess the effectiveness of the treatment plan and make adjustments as needed to optimize outcomes.

How does physical therapy contribute to RA management?

Physical therapy helps maintain joint function, improve flexibility, and reduce pain, enhancing the overall mobility of individuals with RA.

Are lifestyle modifications recommended in RA treatment by Dr. Dhabalia?

Yes, lifestyle modifications, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, are often recommended to support overall well-being.

When might biologic drugs be considered in RA treatment?

Biologics are considered when traditional DMARDs are not sufficiently effective. Dr. Dhabalia may prescribe biologics to target specific components of the immune system.

What are the potential side effects of RA medications?

Side effects can vary, and Dr. Pratik Dhabalia discusses potential risks with patients. Common side effects may include gastrointestinal issues, increased risk of infections, or liver abnormalities.

Can surgical interventions be part of RA treatment?

In some cases, surgical interventions may be considered to address joint damage, and Dr. Pratik Dhabalia evaluates the appropriateness of such interventions based on the patient’s specific condition.