Arthritis

There is no one single treatment plan for a patient with arthritis. Our doctors will work to develop a management plan designed to minimize the patient’s specific pain and improve the function of their joints. A cornerstone of therapy for any form of arthritis is physical therapy and occupational therapy to maintain joint mobility and range of motion. The proper kind and amount of this therapy will vary depending upon the underlying cause and upon individual factors that your physician will discuss with you.

Many drugs are now used to treat the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen and dicolfenac (Voltaren®), have immediate analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects and are relatively safe. Other treatment options can include injections into the affected joints with a corticosteroid or synvisc. This, however, is only practical if only a few joints are involved. Long term therapy may include the combination of procedurally based medicine and medications.  Talk to your healthcare provider about the different treatment options available to you to treat your arthritis.