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.
- What side effects of arthritis medication should I watch for?
- Arthritis Physical Exam: What is my doctor looking for?
- Am I at risk for osteoarthritis?
- How much should I exercise to help my osteoarthritis?
- What do I need to know about alternative and complementary arthritis therapies?
- Does stress affect my arthritis?
- What causes arthritis symptoms?
- What does arthritis feel like?