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How do you treat osteoarthritis?

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The type of treatment depends on the location of your osteoarthritis and how severe it is as well as things like your age, activities and occupation, overall health, and medical history. Usually treatment is a combination of:

Acupuncture has also been shown to provide significant and immediate pain relief for some people with osteoarthritis.

Surgery may help relieve pain when other treatment options haven't been effective.

  • Exercise, and physical therapy with muscle strengthening exercises
  • Weight loss, if needed
  • Medications, some of which may be injected into the joint
  • Hot and cold compresses for pain
  • Removal of joint fluid
  • Use of supportive devices such as crutches or canes

From: The Basics of Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 5, 2018

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 5, 2018

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