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Arthritis is a progressive condition that causes joints to become damaged over time, and they can become inflamed or painful in many cases. This condition is most common in people over the age of 65.
Treatment methods for arthritis focus on relieving pain and improving joint function; there are also things you can do to lower your risk of arthritis. Here’s a look at the various treatment options available.
Medications depend on the type of arthritis. It’s important to follow safety precautions when combining any medications—speak to your doctor before taking a new medicine. Also be careful to note any side effects and talk to your doctor if a certain side effect is bothering you.
Medications for arthritis include:
Physical therapy and exercises can improve range of motion and help strengthen muscles to support your joints.
Certain natural treatments are available for arthritis as well. They include:
In cases where more conservative measures have not had success in reducing pain and discomfort symptoms, surgery might be the route your doctor suggests. There are a few potential options for surgery:
While there is little concrete evidence to support the use of certain kinds of alternative medicine, some people find that these alternatives can be helpful in conjunction with other treatments. These include:
If you’re dealing with arthritis pain, your doctor will help you set up a comprehensive treatment plan.
“Arthritis (Treatment).” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20169117
“Arthritis Treatment Options.” Arthritis Foundation. http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.