Doctors usually treat OA with a combination of therapies, which may include the following:
- Physical activity.
- Medications, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Physical therapy with muscle strengthening exercises.
- Weight loss.
- Supportive devices such as crutches or canes.
- Surgery (if other treatment options have not been effective).
In addition to medical treatment, people with OA can gain confidence in managing their condition with self-management strategies proven to reduce pain and disability, so they can pursue the activities important to them. People with OA can relieve pain and improve function of your joints by learning and using five simple and effective arthritis management strategies.