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Osteoarthritis treatments are aimed at decreasing pain, preserving or improving joint function, and limiting joint deformity and disability. Effective osteoarthritis treatments include medications, injections, non-pharmacologic treatments, and joint surgery.
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Ultrasound Treatment for Osteoarthitis
Ultrasound therapy is a physical theapy modality for managing osteoarthritis pain and function.

Joint Lavage Explained
Joint lavage is a procedure that cleans debris from a joint. The effectiveness of joint lavage has been studied.

Nothing Can Be Done for Osteoarthritis?
If your doctor told you there is nothing that can be done for osteoarthritis, reconsider your treatment goals.

Metal-on-Metal Hip - What You Should Know
The metal-on-metal hip has been linked to adverse events but complications are still considered rare.

Bilateral Knee Replacement
Bilateral knee replacement surgery is appropriate for a select group of knee osteoarthritis patients.

Treatment of Hand, Hip, and Knee Osteoarthritis - 2012 ACR Recommendations
In 2012, the American College of Rheumatology issued treatment recommendations for hand, hip, and knee osteoarthritis.

What Is an Intra-articular Injection?
When oral medications or other conservative treatment options fail to yield satisfactory pain relief, an intra-articular injection may be considered. What is an intra-articular injection?

Decision to Have Joint Replacement
It's difficult to hear that you need a joint replacement. Deciding the right time for the surgery is also difficult. What went into your decision to have a joint replacement? What made it the right time?See submissions

Arthroscopic Debridement of Knee
Arthroscopic debridement of the knee is controversial. Is it effective?

What Is Electrical Stimulation?
Electrical stimulation has been used to decrease both acute and chronic pain, such as with osteoarthritis.

Arthroplasty Corrects Joint Damage from Osteoarthritis - Arthroplasty
An arthroplasty is a surgical procedure that partially or completely resurfaces, remodels, or replaces a joint severely damaged by arthritis. Usually, arthroplasty is only considered when conservative treatment options have failed.

Knee Pain Treatment for Osteoarthritis - Knee Pain Treatment
Many options exist for knee pain treatment. It may take several attempts to find what knee pain treatment works best for you. Know your options for knee pain treatment.

Joint Surgery for Osteoarthritis: An Overview
Learn more about arthroscopy, arthodesis, joint replacement, and osteotomy.

Osteoarthritis News 2010 - The Year in Review
It may seem sometimes like not much is happening in osteoarthritis news and research. Here is a review of the top 10 osteoarthritis news stories for 2010.

Disagree With Doctor - Did You Ever Disagree With Your Doctor
Have you ever disagreed with your doctor? Have you ever questioned the advice your doctor was offering to you? How did your doctor respond when you disagreed? Or, have you disagreed but only kept it to yourself?

Pennsaid Topical Solution - What You Need to Know
Pennsaid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

Should You Rest With Osteoarthritis?
For osteoarthritis, is physical activity or rest more beneficial?

Joint Replacement Surgery Experience - Joint Replacement Surgery
There is a high success rate with joint replacement surgery. But that's not to say there are no failed joint replacement surgeries. Share your experience with joint replacement surgery. Were you well-prepared for all aspects of joint replacement surgery and recovery -- pre-op, surgery itself, and rehab? Were you happy with the outcome?

Is a Second Course of Hyaluronic Acid Safe and Effective?
Hyaluronic acid is an injectable treatment option for knee osteoarthritis. A second course of injectable hyaluronic acid is safe if the first course does not produce a satisfactory response.

Is Hyaluronic Acid Injected Into Arthritic Hips?
Intraarticular hyaluronic acid injections are one of the treatment options for knee osteoarthritis. What about the effectiveness of hyaluronic acid injections for the hip?

What Is Synvisc-One?
Synvisc-One is a single injection version of Synvisc, which requires three injections.

Total Knee Replacement vs. Partial Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement is a highly successful surgery, but it is not the only surgical treatment option for knee osteoarthritis -- some patients are candidates for partial knee replacement. Are you a candidate for total knee replacement or partial knee replacement?

Hip Revision - What You Need to Know
Beyond mechanical failure of the hip prosthesis, there are other reasons that can lead to the need for hip revision.

Is It a Good Idea to Self-Treat Arthritis?
You may be inclined to self-treat arthritis when you first start to experience symptoms of the disease. Many people self-treat with over-the-counter arthritis pain relievers. How long is it safe to self-treat before you should be diagnosed by a doctor?

16 Non-drug Treatments for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis
Non-drug treatments for osteoarthritis have gained popularity among patients who fear side effects of prescription drugs or prefer natural treatment.

Why Patients Delay or Decline Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is often delayed by patients who can't wrap their mind around the procedure itself and the rehab that follows. A study from Kent State University looked at initial reasons why knee replacement surgery is put off.

25 Effective Osteoarthritis Treatments
Various osteoarthritis treatments are recommended to patients searching for relief from osteoarthritis symptoms. Patients are often confused by so many treatment options though. Researchers have ranked the most effective osteoarthritis treatments.

Total Hip Replacement - What You Need to Know
Total hip replacement is a surgical option to treat hip pain caused by arthritis. If pain cannot be controlled by conservative measures and it is very difficult to walk and perform usual daily activities, you may be a candidate for total hip replacement.

Knee Taping for Osteoarthritis
Therapeutic knee taping reduces pain and disability associated with knee osteoarthritis.

Total Knee Replacement - What You Need to Know
Total knee replacement is a surgical option to treat knee pain caused by arthritis. If pain cannot be controlled by conservative measures and it is very difficult to perform usual daily activities, you may be a candidate for total knee replacement.

Thermotherapy or Cryotherapy for Osteoarthritis
Thermotherapy (applying heat) or cryotherapy (applying cold) may relieve joint pain and symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Delaying Osteoarthritis Treatment
By delaying osteoarthritis diagnosis and treatment, joint damage can become severe and disabling. Osteoarthritis patients must face whatever causes them to procrastinate about getting quality medical care.

Arthrodesis Surgically Relieves Joint Pain
Arthrodesis is a type of joint surgery, commonly called joint fusion.

What Is Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a type of joint surgery that reduces pain and restores function.

What is Joint Replacement Surgery?
Joint replacement surgery is recommended to relieve arthritis pain and restore joint function when other treatment options fail. Joint replacement surgery is considered a successful, safe, and reliable treatment option.

Treatment of Osteoarthritis
There are several osteoarthritis treatments. The benefits and risks of medication versus non-medication osteoarthritis treatments must be weighed. Osteoarthritis treatments must be individualized.

Steroid Injections - What You Need to Know
Steroid injections help reduce localized joint swelling associated with arthritis.

Hyaluronan Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis
Injections of hyaluronan are used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee.

What Is an Osteotomy?
Osteotomy is one of the lesser-known joint surgical options. Some patients may need an osteotomy rather than a total joint replacement.

Risedronate May Slow Joint Destruction in Knee Osteoarthritis
Risedronate, brand name Actonel, a medication typically utilized to combat the effects of osteoporosis, may slow joint destruction and delay the need for joint replacement surgery in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Doxycycline May Slow Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis
Study results suggest that treatment with the antibiotic doxycycline may slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis.

Hand Osteoarthritis - EULAR Treatment Guidelines
EULAR has issued recommendations and guidelines for the treatment of hand osteoarthritis. Symptomatic hand osteoarthritis affects 20 percent of people over 55 years old.

Knee Replacement: What You Need to Know
Knee replacement surgery is the most common joint replacement procedure.

Hip Replacement: What You Need to Know
Total hip replacement surgery is one of the most common orthopedic procedures.

Shoulder Replacement: What You Need to Know
Shoulder replacement surgery is an option for treatment of severe arthritis of the shoulder joint.

Guide to Osteoarthritis: How is Osteoarthritis Treated?
Osteoarthritis treatment involves a combination of therapies tailored to the patient's needs, lifestyle, and health.

Treatment Goals for Osteoarthritis
Do you consider treatment goals when looking at your osteoarthritis treatment options? Knowing your treatment goals will help you to be compliant with treatment.

Prolotherapy for Osteoarthritis
Prolotherapy is an injection therapy used to promote natural healing of joints affected by osteoarthritis.

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