Arthritis Treatments

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Arthritis treatments can be divided into several categories.

The key is to ask, "What's the diagnosis?" The reason is that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and each is treated individually.

Once the diagnosis is made, treatment then is divided into two groups. The first group is symptomatic treatment. In other words, minimizing pain and inflammation. There are different options here as well. Complementary or alternative therapies can be used. An example might be glucosamine/chondroitin for osteoarthritis or dietary fish oil for rheumatoid arthritis.

Other natural treatments that have been used are boswellia, bromelain, flaxseed oil, borage oil and the like.

On the other hand, conventional over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) might work. The fall into the category of non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Acetaminophen is also a decent analgesic and has fewer potential cardiovascular and gastrointestinal side effects than the NSAIDS.

Prescription NSAIDS are also effective in relieving the pain of inflammation but carry the risks of side effects like those mentioned above.

Some types of arthritis such as infectious arthritis or Lyme disease can be managed with antibiotics.

Gout, a metabolic disorder, is treated both symptomatically as well as with uric acid lowering therapies.

Rheumatoid arthritis is treated using medicines to reduce inflammation, medicines to slow the disease down-disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS), as well as biologics to put the disease into remission.

Serious forms of arthritis like systemic lupus erythematosus and dermatomyositis rely on the use of powerful immunosuppressive drugs.

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is due to premature wear and tear of articular cartilage. Autologous stem cell treatment (a patient's own stem cells) may be an excellent treatment option for many people.

Where joint damage has gone beyond the point of medical treatment, surgical solutions may be needed.

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