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What treatment is available for artheritis?
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Correct diagnosis
There are many types of arthritis (over 300) and the most important step is to make the correct arthritis diagnosis.
After the diagnosis then one can individualize and develop therapy along the lines of exercise, weight control and a variety of diffferent types of medications. Some medications are taken by mouth, others need to be injected and some are given intravenously. Diagnosis is #1.

In brief: Correct diagnosis
There are many types of arthritis (over 300) and the most important step is to make the correct arthritis diagnosis.
After the diagnosis then one can individualize and develop therapy along the lines of exercise, weight control and a variety of diffferent types of medications. Some medications are taken by mouth, others need to be injected and some are given intravenously. Diagnosis is #1.
Dr. John Goldman
Dr. John Goldman
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2 comments
Dr. Kenneth Choquette
Even if you plan to start with over-the-counter medications, you need to understand what is wrong with you first, so you can treat it appropriately and correctly.
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis but I agree that the specific diagnosis is the most important consideration for specific treatment.
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis but i agree that the specific diagnosis is the most important consideration for specific treatment.

In brief: Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis but i agree that the specific diagnosis is the most important consideration for specific treatment.
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Activity, analgesics
Depending on your age, arthritis type, and other conditions, there are many options.
For common osteo-("old age") arthritis, it is important to maintain as much activity as possible. Otc pain relief (nsaids, acetaminophen), joint injections, physical therapy, and eventual joint replacement may all be options. There is rarely any role for narcotics, and utility of x-rays is usually limited.

In brief: Activity, analgesics
Depending on your age, arthritis type, and other conditions, there are many options.
For common osteo-("old age") arthritis, it is important to maintain as much activity as possible. Otc pain relief (nsaids, acetaminophen), joint injections, physical therapy, and eventual joint replacement may all be options. There is rarely any role for narcotics, and utility of x-rays is usually limited.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Dr. Timothy Ashley
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