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    Medical Reference Related to Osteoarthritis

    1. Opiate Pain Relievers for Osteoarthritis

      Drug details for Opioids for osteoarthritis.

    2. Osteoarthritis - Other Treatment

      Learn about experimental medical therapies and complementary and alternative therapies that can relieve pain and improve joint function for people who have osteoarthritis.

    3. 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. ...

    4. Exercise and Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

      For moderate to severe pain from osteoarthritis,try applying heat and cold to the affected joints as appropriate. Experiment with these heat and cold techniques until you find what helps you most. Apply heat 2 or 3 times a day for 20 to 30 minutes,using a heating pad,hot shower,or hot pack. Heat seems to be effective for pain and stiffness related to inactivity of a joint. Try putting ...

    5. Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Osteoarthritis: Exercising With Arthritis

    6. Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis - What Happens

      Osteoarthritis is a slow, progressive disease. Cartilage gradually breaks down until the bones, which were once separated by cartilage, begin to rub against each other.

    7. Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

      What is osteoarthritis?Healthy joints help your body move, bend, and twist. Knees glide up and down stairs without creaking or crunching. Hips move you along on a walk without a complaint. But when osteoarthritis affects your joints, such simple, everyday movements can hurt. Taking the stairs can be painful. Walking a few steps, opening a door, and even combing your hair can be hard. ...

    8. Coping With Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

      You can use paraffin wax (may be called either paraffin or wax) to apply moist heat to your hands or feet to ease the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Paraffin especially helps to decrease pain and loosen up your hand and finger joints before exercise. You should talk with your doctor before trying paraffin at home. And it's a good idea to have a physical therapist show you how to do it ...

    9. Hyaluronan Injections for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

      Drug details for Hyaluronan injections for osteoarthritis of the knee.

    10. Exercise and Osteoarthritis - Topic Overview

      A regular exercise program is an important part of anyone's lifestyle. If you have osteoarthritis,check with your health professional before beginning or continuing any exercise so that you can determine whether it is safe and effective for osteoarthritic joints. Stretching exercises will help prevent the stiffness associated with osteoarthritis and help prevent injury. Strengthening muscles ...

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