There is no cure for osteoarthritis, so treatment is aimed at reducing pain and maintaining joint functionality. Your doctor will most likely begin with conservative methods of treatment, including medications to reduce symptoms. Therapies, such as physical or occupational therapy, may help patients maintain joint movement with minimal pain. In more severe cases, surgery or injections may be required to relieve pain and help with joint mobility.
The rheumatologists at Mercy are experienced in the care of patients with osteoarthritis and can help you create a health management plan that is right for you.