Health Tip: Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis

(HealthDay News) - Arthritis can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. It can make movement difficult and painful.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons lists these potential options for treating arthritis:

  • Modifying your exercise routine to a lower-impact regimen that may include walking and swimming.
  • Making sure your body weight is in a healthy range.
  • Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, which can help reduce inflammation, pain and swelling.
  • Receiving corticosteroid injections in the joint from your doctor, which may also improve joint function.
  • Getting physical and occupational therapy, which can help strengthen muscles, bones and joints.
  • Undergoing surgery, if other forms of treatment don't help.

-- Diana Kohnle

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