Dr. Eric Ruderman shares the treatments for inflammatory arthritis.
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There are lots of treatments now for inflammatory arthritis. To understand those, you have to understand a little bit about what causes inflammatory arthritis. Most of the things that we think of inflammatory arthritis certainly rheumatoid arthritis or lupus for example, we think of autoimmune diseases in which the body is autoimmune system is responding against itself and driving the inflammation that damage that goes on to the arthritis. And so as a consequence, all of the treatments or most of the treatments at least that we think off for those patients with that type of arthritis are aiming that suppressing immune system genera. In the past, we have to rely a lot of medications that globally suppress the immune system. And there are lots of side effects associated with that because obviously immune system does some good. You needed to protect your infections or other things. Newer treatments actually are much more focus and they can pick out the specific places in immune system where things can be on going and turn them off. And by doing so, we can actually reduce the arthritis. The best way of thinking about is to think about a disease like rheumatoid arthritis as if your body is responding to a foreign organism or by a virus or bacteria and even after that’s gone, you continue to have this response and what we need to do with therapy is turn off that response. So we know have some really good treatments that work on a very targeted fashion to turn off specific pieces in the immune response that continue on abated and someone who has active disease.
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