There is no cure for any type of arthritis. The goal with osteoarthritis is pain management to maximize quality of life and joint protection from trauma, which can predispose the person to accelerated degeneration. The goal for an autoimmune disease-related arthritis is remission, which thanks to rapidly advancing medical research, is achievable today. If you have an inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, time can be your best friend or foe. The more time that passes from the onset of inflammation, the more irreversible joint damage can accrue. Therefore, it is imperative that appropriate disease modifying medications be started right away, by a Rheumatologist.