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, returning normal function
- Slowing the progression of osteoarthritis
- Protecting other joints from developing osteoarthritis
Treatment involves the following:
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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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