Can rheumatoid arthritis be cured?

-Tokyo Arthritis Clinic-

What does it mean to be cured by the current rheumatism treatment?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that is not yet fully understood.

It is estimated that about 40% of the causes of rheumatoid arthritis are genetic.

The remaining 60% is caused by various environmental stressors on the immune system of the human body.

At present, we cannot change the genes.

However, if a combination of injections and oral medications are used early and successfully, the primary goal of remission (i.e., absence of pain and swelling after hospital visits and medication) can be easily achieved.

If standard level treatment is given within 1-2 years of onset, it is unlikely that the deformity will progress to the point of surgery. In addition, many studies have shown that the cure rate (complete cure meaning no need for hospital visits or medication) is higher when the inflammation is less intense.

We just need to put out the fire every time the disease starts.

Our experience has shown that if appropriate early treatment is given according to the disease activity, the duration of treatment can be shortened and the total dosage of drugs can be reduced.

Need for early treatment to achieve remission and complete recovery

「windows of opportunity」

It means that the best time to start treatment is just when rheumatism starts to occur.

In other words, if you miss the timing, the healing process will be worse. In other words, if you miss the timing, you will not be able to do push-ups for the rest of your life.

There are still some patients who have been treated at specialized medical institutions but have not been able to get rid of the pain or the deformity has progressed.

There are several patterns of patients who are not being treated well.

One of the cases is the continuation of herbal medicine, misguided immunotherapy, and questionable supplements (many of which are free and expensive) based on the belief that "I want to avoid strong medicine" or "I want to be cured naturally.