arthritis treatment plan

Understanding Your Arthritis Treatment Plan

You’ve just been diagnosed with an inflammatory form of arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) or lupus. You’re in pain, you’re tired and you’re scared. And now you are confused by what your doctor is telling you to do. The treatment plan seems complicated and the drug names unfamiliar.
Don’t let your fear and confusion stop you from taking action. Treating your inflammatory arthritis as soon as you find out you have it is vitally important. Not only do you want to relieve your pain and fatigue as soon as possible, but you want to stop joint and organ damage before it really gets started.

The articles in this section of the website will help you understand your medicine options and help you make decisions with your doctor about your treatment plan. The articles here will give you the basic information you need and will then link you off to more detailed articles in other sections of the site. After you’ve read up on your diagnosis and your treatment options, have a good talk with your doctor about your treatment plan. Talk openly about your expectations, concerns and fears.


Medications for Arthritis

No matter the type of arthritis or related disease you may have, there are many medicines available to you. They can ease symptoms, prevent your disease from getting worse and help you have a good quality of life. Read More >>

Benefits and Risks of Arthritis Medicines

Many drugs available to treat inflammatory arthritis have made remission possible. But every medication comes with risks. You and your doctor will need to weigh the benefits against those risks as you develop the most effective treatment plan. Read More >>

Managing Arthritis is More Than Treating Pain

Your complete arthritis treatment plan will ease your pain and inflammation, slow joint and organ damage, keep you moving and doing the things that are important to you. Read More >>

Role of Advanced Therapies in Arthritis

Earlier diagnosis and advanced medicines for inflammatory arthritis have changed the landscape of arthritis treatment. People with arthritis are now living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Read More >>

Different Ways to Take Arthritis Medications

Your doctor can prescribe a variety of medicines to treat your arthritis and its symptoms. Here’s a look at drug delivery methods for different arthritis medications. Read More >>

Sticking With Your Arthritis Treatment Plan

Not taking your arthritis medicines or taking them incorrectly can lead to disease flares and joint damage. Discussing your concerns with your doctor and making changes as needed is key to getting better. Read More >>


Remission means different things to different people. To some it’s the total absence of symptoms, while other patients might feel their in remission if they only have an occasional flare of joint tenderness or morning stiffness. Read More >>

DMARDs Drug Guide

This handy chart gives you details about all 10 disease-modifying anti-rheumatic (DMARDs) drugs, including brand names and modes of administration. Read More >>

Biologics Drug Guide

Use this quick reference for information on all 13 biologic drugs used to treat arthritis, including brand names and dosing schedules. Read More >>

Related Resources

  • More About DMARDsRead an overview of DMARDs, updates, side effects and more.
  • More About Biologics: Learn an overview of biologics and read updates, studies, precautions and more.
  • More About Medication Safety: Learn more about medication safety, from risks to commonly-asked questions.
  • Drug Guide: Learn more about the many drugs used to treat arthritis and arthritis-related conditions, with details on dosages, side effects and warnings.
  • Supplement Guide: Read about various arthritis supplements — from uses to side effects — in the Arthritis Today Supplement Guide.
  • Joint Decisions: Get the tools and videos to better understand biologics for moderate to severe RA.