Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common, relapse-remitting and chronic-inflammatory joint disease. Women are affected more frequently than men. Typical symptoms are morning stiffness of joints, pains and swellings of joints, physical exhaustion and restriction of mobility.

The exact cause for development of rheumatoid arthritis is not completely clear. It is estimated that genetic disposition and other factors like smoking and infections are involved in development of the disease. Endogenous structures like connective tissue and joint cartilage are being attacked by different autoimmune reactions.

Rheumatoid arthritis is still incurable but there are different therapy options. The goal is to treat symptoms and to minimize acute phases. Different anti-inflammatory medications like antirheumatic drugs, cortisones and biologics are available as part of therapeutic options. So-called biologics are specific antibodies against various immune cells and specific messenger substances like interleukins and tumor necrosis factors.

An individual nutrition therapy for every disease will improve symptoms of an illness.

Patients can be supported at home by our nurses for taking or injection of their medications. For an individual nutrition therapy of the patient we can provide a nutrition coach.