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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). Check with your doctor to decide which pain medication is safe for you. 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. If home therapies fail, ask your doctor about  injections. Cortisone injections are  good for short term flare-ups. Hyaluronan injections may help too.  Hyaluronan may work as a lubricant and anti-inflammatory in the joint.