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  1. Scoliosis: Wearing a Brace - Topic Overview

    The cosmetic aspects of scoliosis and the braces used to treat it may greatly affect a child or teen.Teenagers may find wearing a brace devastating to their self-image. Most braces should be worn for 20 hours a day or more, usually for several years. It is very difficult to get teens to wear the brace for as many hours as their doctors recommend. They don't like how the braces look or feel. Also, wearing a brace may limit activities such as horseback riding, skiing, skating, and gymnastics. Other activities, though, such as biking, tennis, running, and jumping, are safe to do while the brace is worn. It is typically recommended that children be allowed to remove their braces to take part in physical education classes and other highly desired activities. This may encourage better use of the brace.Newer braces are designed to improve the chances they will be worn as recommended.

  2. Arthritis Treatment Options

    The basics about arthritis treatment options, including medications, surgery, heat, exercise, rest, and alternative therapies.

  3. Arthritis Drug Overview

    Learn about the many arthritis medications including arthritis pain relievers, steroids, NSAIDS, DMARDS, chemotherapy drugs, and hyaluronan injections.

  4. Osteoarthritis: Exercising With Arthritis

    Key pointsExercise may make you feel better, reduce your joint pain, and improve your ability to do daily activities.For many people with osteoarthritis, a common symptom is pain after activity, which may make you reluctant to exercise. However, you can take steps to help relieve pain (such as heat and cold therapy or taking pain relievers) and make it easier to exercise and stay active.Exercise .

  5. Nonprescription Medicines for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    Medicines that you can buy without a prescription can be very useful in relieving the pain of mild or moderate osteoarthritis. Try acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) first. Regular use of acetaminophen can provide relief of pain caused by osteoarthritis. Doctors may advise people who take acetaminophen on a regular basis to limit alcohol consumption. Aspirin,ibuprofen,or naproxen ( ...

  6. Opiate Pain Relievers for Osteoarthritis

    Drug details for Opioids for osteoarthritis.

  7. Acetaminophen for Osteoarthritis

    Drug details for Acetaminophen for osteoarthritis.

  8. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) for Osteoarthritis

    Drug details for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) for Osteoarthritis.

  9. Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

    Capsaicin (Zostrix),available without a prescription,is a pain reliever that comes in a cream that you apply directly to your skin (topical analgesic). It has been found to relieve joint pain from osteoarthritis in some people when rubbed into the skin over affected joints. 1 To be beneficial,the cream must be applied 3 or 4 times a day,and the effects may not be seen for several weeks. ...

  10. Physical Exam and History for Osteoarthritis

    A doctor often discovers important information about the possible causes of symptoms through a discussion about your medical history. During this discussion, the doctor may ask questions such as the following:How long have you had symptoms? (Osteoarthritis usually develops slowly.)Has there been a pattern to your symptoms? (Osteoarthritis symptoms typically begin on one side of the body and often

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