Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2013

Osteoarthritis Treatment Modalities: Relieving The Symptoms Of This Debilitating Condition

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Osteoarthritis Treatment Modalities: Relieving The Symptoms Of This Debilitating ConditionOsteoarthritis is a condition that causes your joints to become stiff and painful. It usually develops slowly and often affects the joints that carry weight, such as your knees and hips. While there is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, treatments are available to help you to manage the pain and reduced movement characteristic of this condition. The main treatments for osteoarthritis involve making lifestyle changes, such as engaging in regular physical activity and losing weight if you are overweight. However, your GP may recommend other treatments if you are unable to control the condition in this way.

Prescription drugs

Your GP may prescribe drugs to help ease the pain and stiffness associated with your osteoarthritis. However, it is important to realise that these drugs will not make the condition better. Paracetamol is a commonly used osteoarthritis treatment as it targets mild pain. Other popular treatment options include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory creams and gels that you can apply onto your affected joints. If these medicines fail to produce the desired effects, your GP may suggest non-steroidal anti-inflammatory tablets as an alternative to creams and gels. Like all prescription medicines, the drugs used to treat osteoarthritis are associated with a range of potential side effects, some of which may be difficult to tolerate.

Surgery

If your osteoarthritis causes you to suffer from severe pain and significantly affects your daily life, your GP may recommend surgery to replace your affected joint with an artificial one. Contrary to popular belief, surgery is not a quick fix for this condition and you will only be suitable for this treatment if you are in good health. Following surgery, you will require extensive rehabilitation, including several months of physiotherapy. Furthermore, your replacement joint may only last for around ten years, meaning that future surgery is likely to be a necessity.

AposTherapy

AposTherapy is a drug-free, non-surgical treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee and other musculoskeletal disorders. Based on established medical principles, this treatment incorporates biomechanical technology to align your body and re-educate the muscles surrounding your knee joint. In doing so, it aims to provide long-lasting pain relief and improve joint function. Unlike prescription drug regimes, AposTherapy is appropriate for most patients, including the elderly, and its side effects are rare and minimal. In rare cases where side effects do appear, they tend to pass very quickly as you undergo your course of treatment.

Finding the best treatments for your needs

It is important to remember that there is no “one size fits all” osteoarthritis treatment and you should therefore be willing to work with your GP to find the best solution for your needs.

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