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Treatments for Osteoarthritis

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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

Revision Information

  • 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/.