What options do I have for arthritis treatment and how do I choose?

When choosing a treatment, ask your doctor these questions:

  • What are my chances of getting better?
  • What are the risks and side effects of this treatment?
  • What will this treatment cost?

Treatment options for osteoarthritis include medications, therapies, and sometimes surgery. You and your doctor can choose treatment options based on these factors:

  • the type of arthritis you have
  • your age
  • medication you're taking
  • how bad your pain and inflammation are
  • your general state of health

To help you prepare to talk with your healthcare providers about which therapy might work best for you, read further on the topics below.