OVERVIEW OF THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS
Osteoarthritis is a disease that progresses over time. Osteoarthritis may cause pain, stiffness, swelling, "locking," and/or "catching" in the affected joint. These symptoms may progress to the point where activities are limited. Osteoarthritis can not be “cured” but there are therapies available to treat the symptoms.
The 3 main goals of treatment for osteoarthritis are:
- To decrease pain
- To maintain or improve the range of motion of the affected joint (the ability to bend and straighten the affected joint)
- To maintain or improve function (ability to move, be active, play sports, etc.)
There are many treatment options available for osteoarthritis and often, many different types of therapy must be used together to improve symptoms. The affected joints, the severity of an individual's symptoms, their level of activity, and their expectations for function are some factors to consider when discussing treatment options.
The treatment options available to individuals with osteoarthritis can be divided into two broad categories:
- Non-medical Treatment Options
- Medical and Surgical Treatment Options
OA Health Info is focused on the non-medical treatment options for osteoarthritis. Non-medical treatment options include:
- Educational resources
- Activity modification
- Maintaining an ideal weight
- The role of Physical Therapy (Physiotherapy)
- Supportive devices
- Orthotics and Footwear
- Nutritional supplements
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