Dr. Eric Ruderman shares his knowledge of the treatments for osteoarthritis.
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For the degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis, we actually have two really focus areas, actually three in terms of treatment. First, there are symptomatic therapy, medications that can reduce some of the pain and the inflammation associated with this, most common being none sort of anti-inflammatory medications like Naproxen or Ibuprofen for example. Physical therapy can also help quite a bit for degenerative arthritis. The joint is more than just the bones and the cartilages. It’s actually the whole structure around the bone and the muscles and the tendons and the ligaments. With physical therapy by strengthening a lot of those structures can actually provide more support to the joint which lessens the impact on the bones and actually lessens a lot of the symptoms of arthritis. And then finally, when the degenerative arthritis get so bad that medication and physical therapy can’t really provide enough relief, we have joint replacement surgery now where we have artificial knee or artificial hip is implanted replaces the damage tissue and actually reduces the pain dramatically.