• Treatments for Osteoarthritis

    The treatment and management of osteoarthritis involves lifestyle changes, medicines, other treatments, alternative and complementary therapies, and surgery.
    The goals of treatment include:
    • Controlling pain
    • Improving mobility and joint use
    • Minimizing disability, returning normal function
    • Slowing the progression of osteoarthritis
    • Protecting other joints from developing osteoarthritis
    Treatment involves the following:
    Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryAlternative and complementary therapiesOther treatments

    References

    Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/ .

    Conn’s Current Therapy . 54th ed. W.B. Saunders Company; 2002.

    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/ .

    Manek NJ, Lane NE. Osteoarthritis: current concepts in diagnosis and management. American Family Physician . 2000;51(6). Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000315/1795.html.

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