Caring for Your Joints at Home
6. Use over-the-counter pain relievers for flare-ups. Over-the-counter pain relievers include naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), aspirin, and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Make sure to read the label and take them only as directed.
Over-the-counter pain relievers are a good choice for short-term relief during flare-ups of arthritis pain, Schneiderbauer says. If you think you need a daily pain reliever, talk to your doctor to see which one is right for you. "If you end up taking it for months or years, it may be time to think about joint replacement surgery."
7. Ask your doctor about hyaluronan injections. Hyaluronan works like the fluid that surrounds the joints in your body. It acts as a lubricant and shock absorber for the joints. If over-the-counter pain relievers don’t help your pain, hyaluronan injections may help.