Learn about treatments for rheumatic diseases


If you were recently diagnosed with arthritis or one of the other rheumatic diseases, you are not alone. More than 50 million people in the United States of all ages and genders have arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. Many rheumatic diseases are chronic conditions, so they are unlikely to go away. While there may not be a cure for your condition, effective management is available for most conditions and many people with rheumatic disease lead happy, satisfying lives year after year.

Treatment includes medication for pain and inflammation, and some rheumatic diseases require other, disease-specific medications. When it comes to prescribing safe and effective therapies for patients, rheumatologists know exactly what drug should be dispensed. Your rheumatologist may prescribe one of the following types of medication to treat your rheumatic disease:

  • Non-narcotic analgesics
  • Narcotic analgesics
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
  • Biologic Response Modifiers (Biologics)