Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis (OA), most symptoms can be managed with a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. If these don't work, or if OA is affecting quality of life, surgery may be an option. The earlier OA is detected and treated, the better it can be controlled and joint damage can be minimized.
The goals of OA treatment include: Pain reliefMaintaining the greatest possible mobility and functionDecreasing joint deformitySlowing disease progressionMaintaining or improving quality of life
OA is different in everyone. Working with a healthcare team that is made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals is important to help find the treatments that works best for each person.
OA treatment involves the following:
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Last reviewed May 2016 by Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
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