Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease, which can lead to joint destruction and disability if not treated appropriately.
Rheumatoid arthritis predominantly affects joints, but may also attack many tissues and organs. As a chronic disease it is potentially limiting life expectancy.
Early detection and treatment is very important.
With a new class of medication there is an early window of opportunity to treat RA before the onset of irreparable joint damage. The new gold standard reads Hit Hard and Early.
Years ago drugs adressed primarily symptoms, but with new disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs the causes of immune system malfunction are treated.
Other rheumatoid diseases, which also require treatment sooner rather than later, are ankylosing spondylitis, also known as Bechterew`s disease, and psoriatic arthritis.
In an effort to quickly get people with symptoms of joint inflammation to see an arthritis specialist or a rheumatologist, the German BVOU offers special training programmes for orthopaedic surgeons.
Dr. Döbber is trained in early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The private orthopaedic practice in Uetersen and Hamburg is part of a well functioning network of medical rheumatologists and orthopaedic rheumatologists, if surgery is required.