Generally, the first step in treating osteoarthritis focuses on reducing pain. This is often done with a combination of medicine, exercise, and physical therapy. Lifestyle changes, such as adding low-impact exercise, can also extend the life of joints and delay more invasive treatments.
The persistent aches and pains associated with osteoarthritis can make it difficult to navigate work and life. Nels Carlson, MD, suggests taking the follow approach for managing and treating osteoarthritis.