There is no cure for osteoarthritis (OA). Most symptoms can be managed with lifestyle changes and medicines. Surgery may be an option if these do not work. It is best if OA is found early and treated. This can control it and lessen joint damage.
Here are the main goals of treating OA:
- Pain relief
- Maintaining mobility and function
- Decreasing joint deformity
- Slowing the disease
- Maintaining or improving quality of life
OA is not the same from person to person. It is important to work with a healthcare team of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. This will help you find the treatments that works best for you.
OA treatment involves:Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryAlternative and complementary therapiesOther treatments
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
- Review Date: 05/2018 -
- Update Date: 05/31/2018 -