Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease, meaning that your immune system attacks healthy cells, most often the joints, by mistake. The joints that are most commonly affected are located in the hand, wrists, and knees and can cause serious pain.
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor may suggest treating you with JAK inhibitors.
What Are JAK Inhibitors?
Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis make too many proteins called cytokines which cause inflammation around the joints. JAK, short for “Janus kinase,” inhibitors block the messaging pathway between the cytokines that have attached to immune cells and other cells that would produce more cytokines.
How do JAK Inhibitors Benefit Me?
If other, older rheumatoid arthritis drugs haven’t been working for you, your next step is to try one of the several, FDA-approved JAK inhibiting drugs on the market. While taking a JAK inhibitor, you should notice much less severe rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Another benefit of JAK inhibitors is that they can be taken as a pill rather than an injection.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment at New York Health
If you are looking for help treating your rheumatoid arthritis, Dr. Jay Adlersberg, Board-Certified Rheumatologist of NY Health can help you get the proper treatment you need to get back to pain-free living.
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