Treatments for Osteoarthritis

  • The treatment and management of osteoarthritis involves lifestyle changes, medications, other treatments, alternative and complementary therapies, and surgery.
    The goals of treatment include:
    • Controlling pain
    • Improving mobility and joint use
    • Minimizing disability and 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.

    Manek NJ, Lane NE. Osteoarthritis: current concepts in diagnosis and management. American Family Physician. 2000;61(6). Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0315/p1795.html.

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

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