Arthritis: 'Potential to improve frailty with treatment' of rheumatoid arthritis – study

Rheumatoid arthritis is less common than its sister condition, Osteoarthritis. Nevertheless, Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 400,000 people nationwide. Now a new treatment claims it can reverse the condition. Research conducted by the University of Glasgow used data from the UK Biobank identified that frailty was common in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

They also found early management of rheumatoid arthritis can help alleviate symptoms of frailty.

Clinical Research Fellow Dr Peter Hanlon said: “It’s incredibly encouraging to see from our study that frailty can be reduced in people with rheumatoid arthritis, particularly in younger patients.

“We know that frailty can be reduced, but it can be challenging to identify people for whom this is possible.”

“Our findings indicate that some people with frailty and active rheumatoid arthritis have the potential to improve their frailty status with treatment of their rheumatoid arthritis” continued the doctor.

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Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include those which affect the joints and other parts of the body.

This form of arthritis said the NHS: “Can cause problems in any joint in the body, although the small joints in the hand and feet are often the first to be affected.

“[RA] typically affects the joints symmetrically (both sides of the body at the same time and to the same extent), but this is not always the case.”

Symptoms of the condition include joint pain and stiffness.


There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatments have been found which can treat the condition such as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, biological treatments, JAK inhibitors, medicine to relieve pain, and steroids.

Supportive treatments such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy may be employed too.

For more information about arthritis contact the NHS or consult with your GP.

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