Your Osteoarthritis Treatment Options
In this operation, the surgeon removes the joint completely from the ends of the two bones that connect it. The bones are then held together with screws, pins, or plates until they heal. Over time, the bones should fuse into one piece, but the joint will no longer be flexible.
Joint Replacement (Arthroplasty)
Some people eventually need to replace a worn-out hip or knee joint with a plastic or metal version. If you only have osteoarthritis in one part of your joint, you may be able to have a partial knee or hip replacement instead of totally replacing that joint.
Alternative Remedies for Osteoarthritis
A few complementary and alternative treatments have been studied for osteoarthritis relief. But before you try them, it’s best to talk to your doctor so you know about any possible side effects or interactions with other treatments you're using.
Acupuncture is a popular arthritis treatment, and research shows it may help. But that’s not a given for everyone.
The dietary supplementsglucosamine and chondroitin, used on their own or together, have also been touted for osteoarthritis relief. Studies have had mixed results. The research shows that people with mild osteoarthritis are the most likely to benefit.
Braces, shoe inserts, and walking aids can help you get around more easily and take some of the stress off your joints.
Wearing a brace around your knee redistributes weight and takes some of the pressure off the joint. Braces are especially helpful when used along with treatments like medication and physical therapy. You can use a splint or soft sleeve to support sore wrist joints.
Placing an orthotic device called a wedge inside your shoe can help correct imbalances of the knee.
Using a cane to help you walk can take some of the weight off a painful hip or knee. It might even slow the damage from knee osteoarthritis.
Ask a Pro
Get help from your doctor, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, or all three to work on feeling better and moving more like you used to, ASAP.