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How is osteoarthritis treated?

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Osteoarthritis is treated with:

  • Over-the-counter pain-relieving or anti-inflammatory medications
  • Exercise and weight control
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory pain relievers
  • Hyaluronic acid injections to relieve pain
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine), an antidepressant, to ease pain
  • Hot or cold compresses
  • Joint protection devices
  • Integrative therapy like acupuncture
  • Steroid injections
  • Narcotics for pain when other treatments do not help
  • Surgery when other treatments have failed

From: Pain Management: Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Osteoarthritis.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Osteoarthritis.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

WebMD Health News: "FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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