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Can pain relievers help with osteoarthritis?

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Over-the-counter painkiller, such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen, don’t slow or reverse osteoarthritis. But they can help ease pain. Some medications come in creams, rubs, or sprays that can be applied over the affected area. Your doctor may also prescribe drugs or give you shots in the joints for pain.

From: Understanding Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Questions & Answers: NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial Primary Study."

Lozada, C. Firestein: Kelly's Textbook of Rheumatology, 8th ed. "Management of Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Osteoarthritis."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Questions & Answers: NIH Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial Primary Study."

Lozada, C. Firestein: Kelly's Textbook of Rheumatology, 8th ed. "Management of Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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