Treatment for RA usually starts with NSAIDS, but it can lead to surgery
Lastly, while similar in their symptoms, the treatments for both disease are somewhat different.
For RA, a physician may start with milder drugs, such as over-the-counter NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen. Lifestyle changes, such as adopting light exercises or yoga, can help when the symptoms are in remission. If in the middle of a flare, absolute rest is recommended. In the later stages of the disease, when joints are visibly damaged, the doctor may order surgery to replace them or to fuse them together.