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Osteoarthritis Health Center

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Can osteoarthritis be cured? What treatment for osteoarthritis is available? Get answers about care and treatment options like physical therapy, medication, and more.


Learn the basics of joint protection, medication, surgery, pain management, and alternative medicine.

Treatment for osteoarthritis comes in many forms -- from exercise to surgery. Learn more about your options here.

There are several types of osteoarthritis medicines. This overview offers quick, easy explanations of what they are and how they treat arthritis.

Creams, salves and gels can offer osteoarthritis pain relief for some. Find out if they may be right for you.

Anti-inflammatory drugs, also called NSAIDs, are the main treatment for osteoarthritis. Is one better than the other? What are the side effects? Find out here.

Knee injections may be able to help reduce your osteoarthritis knee pain. Find out more.

When other osteoarthritis medicines don’t work, narcotic pain relievers may help. But there are things you need to know.

Learn how occupational and physical therapy can help ease arthritis pain.

Is it time for knee surgery for osteoarthritis? Find out who needs it and what to expect.

Find out what happens during hip replacement surgery and what to expect afterwards.

Who can this surgery help, what are its benefits, and what are the risks?

Common treatment methods don't change the progression of osteoarthritis. However, two nutritional supplements -- glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates -- are being studied to determine if they can relieve pain or perhaps slow the breakdown of cartilage, which is a significant part of osteoarthritis.

Getting a shot of corticosteroids directly into a sore joint can reduce pain and inflammation quickly and effectively.

Joint replacement or other surgical procedures are sometimes considered the “treatment of last resort” for people with osteoarthritis. Doctors frequently tell patients to wait as long as possible before joint replacement, but to get the best results, it should also not be delayed too long.

If you are thinking about hip or knee replacement surgery, here are 10 important questions to ask your doctor.


Eleven steps for getting started with exercise for your arthritis -- and knowing when to stop.

You can make simple lifestyle changes to help delay or limit osteoarthritis symptoms. Find out more.

Get the most from your doctor's appointment with these tips on what to do before -- and during -- the appointment.

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