Arthritis is not just a single disease. It is a term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect the joints in the body. The word “arthritis” actually means inflammation of a joint. Of the various forms of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common. Better known as degenerative or “wear and tear” arthritis, this form most frequently occurs in weight-bearing joints, mainly knees, hips and ankles.
While there is no cure for arthritis, treatments to manage the symptoms can help individuals maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Treatments include:
• Pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen and can be either over-the-counter or prescription medications.
• Cortisone injections
• Lifestyle changes
• Ice treatments can be helpful for inflammation and temporary relief of pain and soreness.
• Heat can be beneficial to warm up the joint prior to exercise or activity.
• Diet/Weight loss to maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight can aggravate arthritis by putting added pressure on the joints.
• Physical therapy
• Joint replacement
Learn more about Osteoarthritis and Treatment options at www.TheChristHospital.com/Arthritis .