The treatment and management of osteoarthritis involves lifestyle changes, medications, other treatments, alternative and complementary therapies, and surgery.
The goals of treatment include:
- Controlling pain
- Improving mobility and joint use
- Minimizing disability and returning normal function
- Slowing the progression of osteoarthritis
- Protecting other joints from developing osteoarthritis
Treatment involves the following:
Last reviewedMay 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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