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Treatment of osteoarthritis and related disorders

Treatment of osteoarthritis and related disorders

Treatment of osteoarthritis and related disorders

Treatment of osteoarthritis and related disorders

This condition is treatable but unfortunately not curable. Certain lifestyle modifications, medicines and surgical modalities can help in reducing the joint pain and stiffness. Lifestyle changes like losing excessive weight, regular exercise and increased calcium in diet are beneficial in the early stage of the disease. Aerobic exercises like swimming, brisk walking are helpful for people with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip joint. Muscle strengthening and muscle stretching exercises also help in supporting the affected joint.

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It is advisable to consult your doctor if lifestyle modifications are not helpful in reducing pain and maintaining mobility. Occasional analgesics can be prescribed to alleviate pain. But no medicine can cure osteoarthritis. Injecting steroids into the joint can cause pain relief for a couple of months. Surgical treatment can be considered in patients with osteoarthritis of knee and hip, who have limited joint mobility and severe pain in spite of medical treatment. Joint replacement surgery can also be considered in which the damaged ends of bones are removed and replaced with artificial joints. The treatment of osteoarthritis depends on various factors like the joint involved and severity of the disease. Hence it is always advisable to consult the doctor for the appropriate treatment advice.

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