How Is Osteoarthritis Treated?

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The treatment for osteoarthritis includes both Tylenol which is an over-the-counter analgesic as well as anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen, Aleve and Endotrim. We still generally recommend Tylenol as a first line therapy, because its toxicity is such as ulcers and high blood pressure and kidney issues, just don't exist with the same frequency as it can with the anti-inflammatory drugs.

Over the counter medicine such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve are recommend, as well as a variety of other prescription anti-inflammatories. Some patients do get a good response to glucosamine and as well as MSM and Sami which are more natural what we call nutraceuticals, they're the actual building blocks to pumin cartilage and are available in pill form.

In addition for patients who have symptoms of pretty severe knee arthritis, osteoarthritis, we do recommend Synvisc injections which are injections of a gelatin type of substance that is similar to glucosamine and chondroitin.