What’s the first thing you do when your osteoarthritis pain kicks in? Open the medicine cabinet? While acetaminophen, NSAIDs and opioids may help relieve your pain, swelling and inflammation, you’re still only treating the symptoms of your disease.
If you suffer from joint pain and have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you probably already know that this degenerative disease of the joints is progressive. It’s caused by the wearing down of protective cartilage, which results in bone grating on bone.
A diagnosis of arthritis can be frightening, but you do have options! Treatments for arthritis have advanced significantly in recent years, so you now have a wide variety of ways to approach treatment, including surgery, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and natural remedies.