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Osteoarthritis Treatment

How is osteoarthritis diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for osteoarthritis may include the following:
  • x-ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
  • joint aspiration - involves a removal of fluid from the swollen bursa to exclude infection or gout as possible causes.

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Treatment for osteoarthritis:
Specific treatment for osteoarthritis will be determined by your physician based on:
  • your age, overall health, and medical history
  • extent of the condition
  • your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, and therapies
  • expectation for the course of the condition
  • your opinion or preference

The goals of treatment for osteoarthritis are to reduce joint pain and stiffness, and improve joint movement. Treatment may include:

  • exercise :
  • Regular, aerobic exercise, and stretching and strengthening exercises may help reduce the symptoms of and pain associated with osteoarthritis.
  • heat treatment :
  • Treating the affected joint with heat may help reduce pain.
  • physical and occupational therapy
  • Physical and occupational therapy may help to reduce joint pain, improve joint flexibility when performing daily activities, and reduce joint strain.
  • weight maintenance :
  • Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight (if overweight) may help to prevent or reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
  • medication :
  • Medication for specific symptoms may include pain relievers (in pill form or topical cream) and anti-inflammatory medications, if inflammation is present.
  • injections of thick liquids into the joints These liquids mimic normal joint fluid.
  • joint surgery :
  • Surgery may be necessary to repair or replace a severely damaged joint.
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