Most medications for osteoarthritis help ease your pain. They may also be anti-inflammatory. Medications usually block pain where it starts - in the brain. Although you may feel pain in a particular spot, such as in your knee, the pain messages come from your brain. Another way medications work is to prevent your body from producing chemicals that cause pain.
Many of us think of arthritis as a condition that causes old people to rub their hands together and predict changes in the weather. That's not entirely the case. Who else suffers from pain in the joints?
Over time we may take for granted the freedom to walk up a flight of stairs. The biggest adjustment for the patient is usually this loss movement. Learn how to adjust to life with arthritis.