can be done to reduce the burden of a patient
with crippling arthritis. Besides proper and adequate
medication, the patient would need close rapport
with the doctors. The doctor has to patiently
help the patient in overcoming both mental and
The patient would need a good supervised exercised
Attention has to be given to the nutritional status
and other medical problems of the patient.
Perhaps some surgery may be required to improve
the functions of particular joints.
It is obvious then that the team approach is best
suited while treating such a patient.
may add, that the treatment of such a patient
is long drawn, challenging and demanding. Sometimes
despite unsatisfactory therapeutic results the
doctors has to maintain an optimistic approach
and inculcate positive attitudes in the patient.