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A 57-year-old female asked:

how can improve my osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Many things.: Exercise regularly. Take meds for the pain ( usually Acetaminophen and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory). Take meds before pain inducing activities. Consider injections of meds or surgery. Try msm/ glucosamine/chondoitin. Go to physical therapy.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Varies: It depends on which joint, severity of the problem. Try to stay active. Medication, physical therapy, exercise (especially aerobic) can all help. Water exercise is especially good for those with arthritis in the legs. Injections and surgery can be considered for more severe pain.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
NSAIDs: Maybe helpful. Also consider supplements like glucosamine/chondroitin. Lastly if not improving consider how platelet therapy or stem cells can be helpful for you. Check out Regenexx.Com

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What puts me at greater risk of osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Walid Osta
Pain Management 19 years experience
Risks of OA: Aging is the most common predicting factor for the development of osteoarthrits. It may be a natural process resulting from wear and tear of the joints as we get older, however it may be faster in some people following certain accidents, repeated injuries, menopause, illnesses, certain activities, or unknown reasons. Obesity, tobacco smoking, and sedentary life style can also increase the risk.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Cure unlikely: The saying goes, cure seldom treat often, comfort always! osteoarthritis is a degenerative, wear and tear process which is almost inevitable as we grow older!
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between RA and osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
See below: To be overly simplistic, osteoarthritis is considered to be due to wear and tear damage on joints from mechanical forces and is treated primarily with pain medications, weight loss and exercise, while rheumatoid arthritis is cause by the immune (infection fighting) system becoming confused and attacking the joints instead of infectious agents and is treated by drugs that alter the immune system.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Are there good alternative therapies for osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends.: It depends on what therapies you've already tried, the location of your arthritis, its advancement as well as your preferences. One thing you need to remember, arthritic changes are irreversible. All you can do is to potentially slow down its worsening. Different joints will require different strategies. Knee arthritis may be helped by changing footwear, using splints, gait training etc.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Could you get osteoarthritis at a young age?

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Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: It is possible to get osteoarthritis at a young age.

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