What treatments might be needed for a rheumatic disease?

A rheumatologist will develop a personalized care plan that may include the following:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Immunosuppressive medications
  • Occupational therapy
  • Joint injections
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Referrals to an orthopedic surgeon to assess, repair or replace diseased joints

Many rheumatic conditions can progress over time. Rheumatologists try to stay ahead of these changes by seeing you regularly, reassessing your treatment plan and adjusting your therapies as needed.