From Carol Eustice, former About.com Guide
While pain relief is the primary treatment goal of osteoarthritis medications, localized inflammation may also be relieved by using certain drugs. It's important to know your medication options. Osteoarthritis patients are commonly prescribed analgesic medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
- Osteoarthritis Medications - What Are My Options?
- NSAIDs - 10 Things You Need to Know
- Mobic - What You Need to Know
- Celebrex - What You Need to Know
- COX-1 and COX-2 Explained
- Analgesics - 10 Things You Should Know
- Steroid Injections - What You Need to Know
- Acetaminophen - Best Treatment Option for OA?
- Tapentadol for Osteoarthritis Pain
- What You Need to Know About the Diclofenac Patch
- What Is Aleve?
- What Is Advil?
- Advil and Aleve - What's the Difference?
- Cymbalta for Osteoarthritis
Managing osteoarthritis pain can involve medications, natural remedies, exercise, weight loss, joint protection, mobility aids, assistive devices and more. Your doctor will likely recommend more than one treatment approach to best manage pain. Be compliant with your treatment plan and keep a diary to track the effectiveness of treatment.
- Ways to Manage Osteoarthritis Pain
- 25 Effective Osteoarthritis Treatments
- Thermotherapy or Cryotherapy for Osteoarthritis
- Massage Therapy Helps Relieve Pain
- Topical Creams for Arthritis Pain Relief
- Knee Braces Help Painful Knee Osteoarthritis
- Hyaluronan Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis
- Is a Second Course of Hyaluronic Acid Safe and Effective?
- Treatment of Osteoarthritis
- Delaying Osteoarthritis Treatment
- Capsaicin - 10 Things You Should Know
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
- Lateral-Wedge Insoles May Ease Knee Pain
- Knee Taping - An Effective Treatment Option for Osteoarthritis
- Self-Management Programs for Osteoarthritis
- 16 Non-drug Treatments for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis
- 22 Recommendations for Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis
- Should You Self-Treat Arthritis?
- Is Hyaluronic Acid Injected Into Arthritic Hips?
- Choosing a Massage Therapist When You Have Osteoarthritis
Natural Remedies / Supplements
Natural remedies and alternative treatments have gained popularity. Many osteoarthritis patients use complementary and alternative medicine along with conventional medicine.
- Dietary Supplements - An Alternative Treatment for Osteoarthritis
- Glucosamine - 10 Things You Should Know
- Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis
- Proper Body Mechanics Important for People with Arthritis
- Herbal Remedies for Osteoarthritis
- Pycnogenol - Natural Pain Relief for Osteoarthritis
- Rose Hips (LitoZin) for Osteoarthritis
- Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU)
- What Is Osteo Bi-Flex?
- Stinging Nettle - What You Need to Know
- Knox NutraJoint - What You Need to Know
- Devil's Claw - What You Need to Know
- Joint Juice - What You Need to Know
- What Is Move Free?
- Supple - What You Need to Know
- Turmeric for Osteoarthritis
- What Is Instaflex?
Osteoarthritis Diet and Exercise
There are contradictory reports about the effect of diet on osteoarthritis. Patients are typically interested in finding out what changes to their diet may increase or decrease osteoarthritis symptoms. Learn more about known scientific conclusions regarding diet and osteoarthritis.
- How Can You Start to Exercise With Osteoarthritis
- Diet and Exercise Benefit OA Patients
- Does Diet Affect Osteoarthritis?
- Foods With Antioxidants May Ward Off Knee Osteoarthritis
- Water Exercise Helps Osteoarthritis Patients
- Pilates Soothes Osteoarthritis Pain
- Consequences of Getting No Exercise
- More: Diet and Arthritis
Joint Surgery Options
Joint surgery, though considered a last resort treatment option, has helped many osteoarthritis patients with severe joint damage. When the affected joint severely limits mobility and function and conservative treatments have failed to provide enough relief, surgery may be considered. Know what to expect before, during, and after joint surgery.
- Joint Surgery for OA - An Overview
- What Is Arthroscopy?
- What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?
- What Is an Osteotomy?
- What Is Arthrodesis?
- Total Knee Replacement - What You Need to Know
- Total Hip Replacement - What You Need to Know
- Hip Revision - What You Need to Know
- Total Knee Replacement Versus Partial Knee Replacement
- What Is MAKOplasty?
- What Is Spinal Fusion Surgery?
- Arthroscopic Debridement
- Bilateral Knee Replacement
- Metal-on-Metal Hip - What You Should Know
We keep an eye on all research news, especially upcoming therapies or treatments for osteoarthritis. No new medication or treatment makes it to market without rigorous testing and FDA approval in the United States. Once it is showing positive results in phase III clinical testing, it's looking promising. There are also studies which assess what causes osteoarthritis, what makes it worse, and what makes it better.
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- Calcitonin May Act as Disease-Modifying Drug for Osteoarthritis
- Exercise Neither Increases Nor Decreases Knee Osteoarthritis Risk
- Does Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?
- Why Are Football Players at High Risk for Osteoarthritis?