The Treatments Available For Arthritis
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The Treatments Available For Arthritis

Arthritis Medications

Medications are often used in the treatment of arthritis. They can improve your joint functions and relieve many of your symptoms. The medications vary with the type of arthritis. The most commonly used medications for arthritis include analgesics, narcotics, and nonsteroidal. Medications purchased over the counter can also aid in the reduction of inflammation and pain. Counterirritants are available in an assortment of ointments and creams. When rubbed on your skin they can interrupt the pain signals coming from your joint and lessen the pain. They must be used directly over the aching joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is often treated with antirheumatic drugs. This helps to slow down your immune system and prevent it from continuing to attack your joints. Biologic response modifiers are engineered genetically and target protein molecules in your immune response. Corticosteroids have the ability to both suppress your immune system and reduce inflammation. This medication can be injected into your joint or taken orally.

Arthritis Therapy

Physical therapy can be effective in treating some forms of arthritis. Your range of motion can be improved and the muscles surrounding your joints can be strengthened. Sometimes different types of braces or splints are used in the treatment of arthritis.

Surgery

Surgery is an alternative when the more conservative treatments are not working. The surfaces of your joints can be realigned or smoothed to improve your function and reduce pain. In many cases this can be done arthroscopically. This involves a small incision being made over your joint. When your joint needs to be replaced the damaged joint must be removed and replaced with an artificial joint. This is most commonly done with knees and hips. Smaller joints such as fingers, ankles and wrists can be effectively treated with joint fusion. This surgery removes the ends of two separate bones in your joint. The ends are then locked together causing them to heal into only one joint.

Alternative Medicines

Alternative remedies have been used to treat arthritis although research into these remedies, such as CBD tincture, for example, is slow. Acupuncture inserts fine needles in very specific points on your skin to reduce pain. This includes many types of pain with arthritis as the cause. The studies that have been done on glucosamine are mixed. Although this does not work any better than placebo both have been shown to have a slight effect on arthritis pain. For individuals suffering from moderate to severe pain they are a lot better than not taking anything. Tai chi and yoga can help improve the flexibility of your joints with their slow stretching movements. They can aid in increasing the range of motion in certain types of arthritis. Massage has also been used as the kneading and light stroking of your muscles can increase your blood flow. This can temporarily relieve your pain because it warms your joints that have been affected by arthritis.

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