How is osteoarthritis treated?

Osteoarthritis can be treated with medicine, physical therapy, or surgery.

Pharmaceutical approaches include:

  • NSAIDs
  • nonnarcotic analgesics
  • narcotics
  • corticosteroids
  • topical analgesics
  • hyaluronic acid

Surgical approaches include:

  • osteotomy
  • total joint replacement

Your doctors will create a management plan to treat your osteoarthritis. They will design the plan to help you take control of each aspect of your condition. An osteoarthritis management plan may include different medications, therapies, and possibly even alternative treatments. Based on your lifestyle and the unique challenges osteoarthritis presents, you and your doctor can work together to decide on a management plan that meets your specific needs.

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