Specific Options for Osteoarthritis

Weight Control as an Osteoarthritis Treatment

It is recommended that people with osteoarthritis who are overweight or obese lose weight as part of their treatment plan. Weight loss can reduce stress on weight-bearing joints and limit further injury. A dietitian can help you develop healthy eating habits. A healthy diet and regular exercise help reduce weight.
(Click BMI Calculator to find out if your weight is within a healthy range.)

Rest and Joint Care as Part of Treating Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis treatment plans include regularly scheduled rest. People must learn to recognize the body's signals and know when to stop or slow down, which prevents pain caused by overexertion.
Some people find that relaxation techniques, stress reduction, and biofeedback help. Using canes and splints can also help by protecting and taking pressure off of joints. Splints or braces provide extra support for weakened joints. They also keep the joint in proper position during sleep or activity. Splints should be used only for limited periods, however, since joints and muscles need to be exercised to prevent stiffness and weakness. An occupational therapist or a doctor can help you get a properly fitting splint.

Medicines Used in Osteoarthritis Treatment

Doctors prescribe medicines to eliminate or reduce osteoarthritis pain and to improve functioning. Doctors consider a number of factors when choosing medicines for osteoarthritis treatment.
Two important factors are the intensity of the pain and the potential side effects of the medicine. People must use osteoarthritis medication carefully and tell their doctors about any changes that occur.
The following types of medicines are commonly used to treat osteoarthritis:
  • Other medications.
(Click Osteoarthritis Medication for more information on how medicines are used to treat this condition.)
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