Some of the most important treatments for Osteoarthritis are simple changes to attitude and lifestyle. Physical activity and exercise can, for example, improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Similarly, changing some of the foods you eat to help manage weight can ease pressure on many joints.
Because Osteoarthritis is a progressive condition, specific pain relief treatments are usually needed as well. Some options are:
- Analgesics, such as Paracetamol
- Creams, gels and ointments, that can be rubbed into the skin to help reduce joint inflammation
- Supplements, such as glucosamine
- NSAIDs, which may require a prescription.
If you have Osteoarthritis, your doctor will be the first point of call to talk about treatment. They can make a proper diagnosis, before focusing in on treatment options. You could also consider speaking to another healthcare professional, such as a pharmacist, physiotherapist or nutritionist.