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 Arthritis  Holistic-online.com

Osteoarthritis

Conventional Medical Treatment

Conventional treatment of osteoarthritis includes:

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Reduction of stresses on joints using a splint, brace, neck collar, crutches, or a cane.

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Physical therapy including exercises-swimming, water aerobics, walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, strengthening and stretching, hot and cold packs, diathermy and paraffin baths

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Drugs. acetaminophen, non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Those most commonly used are: ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin), Alleve, Orudis, Naprosyn, Tolectin, Indocin, and Feldene. The NSAIDs do not stop joint deterioration. In some instances they may even accelerate it. Long-term use can also lead to a significant incidence of kidney and liver damage, capillary fragility, stomach ulceration and small bowel irritation.

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Corticosteroids such as prednisone. Generally prescribed to suppress the inflammation of arthritis. Long-term use tends to suppress immunity and diminishes production of own cortisone. It also accelerates the degenerative changes such as osteoporosis.

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Other options as symptoms worsen might include:

Injections of gold salts

Anti- malarial drugs

D-penicillamine, a drug

Immunosuppressive drugs

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Surgery, generally used as a late-stage intervention. Might include reconstruction or replacement of knees, hips, knuckles and other joints. 

See Also: Conventional Medical Treatment of Arthritis

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