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  • Medicines

    Your doctor may use one or more medicines to treat osteoarthritis, including:

    • Analgesics: relieve pain, such as over-the-counter aspirin or prescription medicine such as tramadol
    • Corticosteroids: slow your body's immune response to relieve swelling and pain Hyaluronic acid: a naturally occurring substance in joint fluid that lubricates joints and provides cushioning
    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): reduce swelling and relieve pain, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen sodium (Aleve)

    Some of the medicines can be taken as a pill or applied as a cream, while others — like hyaluronic acid and some corticosteroids — are injected directly into the joint.

  • Physical and occupational therapies

    A physical therapist can show you exercises and stretches to keep your joints flexible. Physical and occupational therapists can also help you with assistive devices to make everyday activities easier, including canes, scooters, or walkers, as well as jar openers or long-handled devices, and other aids. Your therapist may also fit you with specialized braces or orthotics prescribed by your doctor.

  • Weight loss

    Being overweight puts more stress on your hips, knees, and back, and can worsen joint pain. Your care team can help you maintain a healthy weight to prevent further damage to your joints and improve your overall health and well-being.

  • Surgery

    Your doctor may recommend joint replacement or another joint-restoring procedure for hips or knees that are severely damaged by osteoarthritis. Our orthopedic surgeons are skilled in the latest, least-invasive approaches to treat osteoarthritis pain and stiffness.