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  1. Small Joint Surgery for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    If osteoarthritis in the joints of the hands or feet is so severe that function is impossible (rare with osteoarthritis),surgery or joint replacement will allow some pain-free motion. In the hands,the goal is enough pain-free motion to allow the person to do basic daily activities such as eating,bathing,and dressing. Surgery for severe arthritis in the small joints of the hands is more ...

  2. Corticosteroid Injections for Osteoarthritis

    Could corticosteroid injections be the answer to your osteoarthritis joint pain?

  3. Topic Overview

    Hip resurfacing arthroplasty is surgery that replaces the damaged outer surfaces of the femoral head found at the top of the thighbone and,if necessary,the cup-shaped socket where the thighbone meets the pelvis in the hip joint. This surgery was done in the 1970s. But its use decreased,because the parts used to replace the joint surfaces did not hold up well. Now,doctors are using new ...

  4. Paraffin Wax for Arthritis - Topic Overview

    You can use paraffin wax (may be called either paraffin or wax) to apply moist heat to your hands or feet to ease the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Paraffin especially helps to decrease pain and loosen up your hand and finger joints before exercise. You should talk with your doctor before trying paraffin at home. And it's a good idea to have a physical therapist show you how to do it ...

  5. Osteoarthritis: Heat and Cold Therapy - Topic Overview

    For moderate to severe pain from osteoarthritis,try applying heat and cold to the affected joints as appropriate. Experiment with these heat and cold techniques until you find what helps you most. Apply heat 2 or 3 times a day for 20 to 30 minutes,using a heating pad,hot shower,or hot pack. Heat seems to be effective for pain and stiffness related to inactivity of a joint. Try putting ...

  6. Hyaluronan Injections for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

    Drug details for Hyaluronan injections for osteoarthritis of the knee.

  7. Corticosteroids (Intra-Articular) for Osteoarthritis

    Drug details for Corticosteroids (intra-articular) for osteoarthritis.

  8. Hip Replacement Surgery

    Total joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of both bones in a damaged joint to create new joint surfaces.

  9. Knee Osteoarthritis: When to Consider Surgery

    Learn about alternatives to joint replacement surgery to relieve your knee pain, plus how to know when you need to consider surgery.

  10. Quick Tips: Exercising Safely With Arthritis - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Osteoarthritis: Exercising with arthritis ...

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