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Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the lining of the joints and the articular surface.

Over time, this can lead to deformity of the joint and affect its function.

There are three main types of treatment ranging from medical or surgical management to physiotherapy.

All will have a role to play and should be co-ordinated by your GP and a rheumatologist.

There are also special disease modifying drugs that can be effective on top of regular analgesias and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.