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osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis characterized by joint degradation, which leads to symptoms such as pain, stiffness, locking, and tenderness in the affected joints.

Treatment for osteoarthritis typically involves a multifaceted approach aimed at managing symptoms and improving the quality of life for individuals with the condition. This may include:

Exercise: regular physical activity can help reduce pain and improve joint function. This includes exercises to improve joint flexibility, strengthen muscles around the affected joints, and maintain overall fitness.

Lifestyle modifications: making lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms, and using assistive devices or adaptive techniques to reduce joint stress can help manage osteoarthritis symptoms.

Medications: over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be used to alleviate pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. In some cases, prescription medications or injections can be recommended for more severe symptoms.

Joint replacement surgery: in cases where conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, joint replacement surgery may be considered to improve joint function and alleviate pain. This option is typically reserved for individuals with advanced osteoarthritis and significant joint damage.

It’s important for individuals with osteoarthritis to work closely with their healthcare providers to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and goals. Regular follow-up appointments and ongoing monitoring can help ensure that treatment strategies are effective and adjusted as needed.

For additional information and support, organizations such as The Arthritis Society can provide valuable resources and guidance for individuals living with osteoarthritis.

References

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3. Katz, J. N., Arant, K. R., & Loeser, R. F. (2021). Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Review. JAMA : The Journal of the American Medical Association, 325(6), 568–578. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.22171