Management of rheumatoid arthritis pain

As in other conditions, effective therapy of pain in RA should combine optimum analgesia with enhanced function and minimal side effects. Decisions regarding pain control should take into account type of pain (inflammatory versus mechanical, central versus peripheral) and the patient's psychosocial situation.

Given that pain is the direct result of either the inflammatory process underlying RA or of joint damage consequent on that inflammation, management of RA pain is essentially the management of RA itself. The rest of this chapter, therefore, considers the management of RA with special reference to pain, but it should be appreciated that therapies that treat the disease will also relieve pain (for evidence base see Box 10.1).

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