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Monday, February 11, 2013

Top 10 best Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Top 10 best Treatment of Osteoarthritis
1- Weight Loss: Even a reduction of 5% in body weight reduces pain and improve disability
2- Obtaining X-ray of the joint improves the certainty of the diagnosis
3. MRI should not be performed
4. Exercise is essential - Especially the water exercises
5. Acetaminophen (tylenol) is the best initial treatment; NSAIDs may be better tolerated in some patients but NSAIDs have more side effects.
6. Duloxetine may benefit patients with osteoarthritis who are depressed.
7. Joint injections at best offer only 1-2 weeks of pain relief
8. Hyaluronic acid provide only small pain relief.
9. Glucosamine or topical capsaicin are useless.
10. Surgery is reserved for severe disease.