There are Arthritis Research facilities in the world that do a tremendous amount of work for the arthritis sufferer, not only in research, but in helping the patient to understand the disease that they have. Nearly every patient that attends hospital and is diagnosed with some form of arthritis, and there are a large number of different but related conditions, will have difficulty at the time of their diagnosis, to take in the information that the doctor or nurse will tell them . Therefore, such facilities have produced a series of pamphlets that are provided in all hospitals and most healthcare centers in the UK, providing this information for patients. And this information is also now available on some websites. Information as to where you can find the websites is available from your doctor or from the hospital. (Try Google: Arthritis Research). This is of course easily accessible to those of you that do not live in the UK
Cardiff University has recently been chosen to become it's UK Center of excellence in biomechanics and bioengineering. AR UK and Cardiff University have committed £ 10m to apply the very best expertise in engineering, bioscience, genetics and imaging to arthritis research in the new Center.
The new center involves close relationship between biomedical scientists, engineers, orthopedic surgeons, and rheumatologists. Hopefully, they will come up with some of the answers that we need to hear. If not finding a cure (which there is not as yet), then surely making life easier for the current sufferers.
As for the time being we are reliant on a regime of drugs or as recently recently discovered, that diet plays an important part of the patient's life. The diet option is well worth researching, if you want to avoid the side effects of the drugs.
Different forms of arthritis are treated with different drugs. The drugs are given to improve any symptoms and, to slow or possibly halt the progress of the disease. Depending on the type of arthritis your doctor may try you on a combination of one or more drugs to deal with the problem, as well as more general drugs to help you with the pain and inflammation that are the usual symptoms.
Recent research has shown that rheumatologists have found that Etanercept (brand name Enbrel) and Adalimumab (brand name Humira) to be the most effective treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, and are used almost equally universally. Rituximab and Tocilizumab, meanwhile have not been widely used.
Some researchers and doctors think that Abatacept (Orencia) will soon become the best available treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, in front of etanercept. This is because it is belived to be a much safer drug.
Abatacept, used along with methotrexate is currently recommended by the National Institute for Health, where other therapies have failed or been withdrawn for some reason.
There is more information on these drugs on the http://Arthritisresearchuk.org site.