Arthritis can get worse if left untreated so see your doctor as early as possible to get a proper diagnosis. This will help you understand your arthritis and develop a plan for managing it. Early diagnosis and treatment can limit the effects of arthritis on your life and help you stay active and independent.
There are many medical treatments to relieve pain and stiffness and slow the development of your arthritis. Work with your healthcare team to find a combination of treatments that best suits your type of arthritis, the joints affected, the amount of pain or other symptoms you experience and your lifestyle.
Search for information about specific medications for arthritis. Remember to always consult your doctor before starting or stopping medication.
There are many medicines that can be used to treat arthritis. Find more detailed information about arthritis medicines, provided by the Australian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Australia.
Working with your healthcare team
Assembling your healthcare team to support and guide you is an important step in managing your arthritis. Here is what each health professional can do for you.
Roadmaps for your arthritis
Arthritis Australia has worked with The Targeted Therapies Alliance to develop information and resources for consumers, including practical tools and roadmaps for people with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
Blood and pathology tests for arthritis
Blood tests can be useful to help diagnose some, but not all, types of arthritis. Always discuss your blood test results with your doctor.
Vaccinations in Rheumatology
People with rheumatologic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and lupus often suffer infections which can be prevented by vaccination.
Surgery for arthritis
An introduction to the most common types of surgery for arthritis, including tips on when to talk to your doctor about surgery and how to get prepared.
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