For many years now, the treatment for arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis has been focused almost solely on pain relief.
Is a Cure Possible ?
None of the treatments developed have – until very recently – worked by treating the underlying cause of the arthritis pain – the inflammation and joint damage that accompanies arthritis. The current state of the research on RA is promising, as it appears to be aimed at getting to the root of the problem.
Stem Cells Have Potential
Research is being conducted on everything from stem cell therapies to vaccines, but at this point in time, we are still waiting for most of these new avenues to show results.
Stem cell therapy shows some promise, in that it may enable those who have serious deformity caused by rheumatoid arthritis to grow back their damaged bone and cartilage. This research is still in the developmental stage, however.
A vaccine for Rheumatoid Arthritis sounds as though it would be impossible, but the research being done on this issue shows promise. One theory is that a vaccine could be manufactured from a sample of the patient’s own white cells, but it will be years before we see this treatment on the market, if ever.
Boilogics Treatments are Possible
One of the most promising treatments to date is biologics. Biologics are unlike most drugs in that they are made of large, complex molecules that are manufactured in a living system, such as plant cells, animal cells, or microorganisms. Biologics are often created using recombinant DNA technology. At this point in time, biologics must be administered intravenously or by injection, and cannot be taken orally. These treatments are being used now, and work is progressing on producing an oral biologic. At present, it looks like many arthritis sufferers are experiencing not only pain relief, but a return to almost normal movement using biologics.
Is there a Cure ?
At this time there is no cure for arthritis, but if even a few of the new treatments live up to their promise, we could see an end to this painful, debilitating disease within the foreseeable future.